- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Mti edition (16 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062313630
- ISBN-13: 978-0062313638
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Labor Day Movie Tie- In Edition: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – 16 Jan 2014
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“Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form with Labor Day. From the perfect pitch of a teenaged boy narrator to the eloquent message of how loneliness can bind people together, this is simply a novel you cannot miss.” (Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Handle With Care)
“[The] story is moving and fast-moving, affirming Maynard’s reputation as a master storyteller and showing her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart. . . . Maynard illuminates the human experience.” (People (Four Stars))
“Maynard expertly tugs heartstrings in a tidy tale. ” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Maynard’s inventive coming-of-age tale indelibly captures the anxiety and confusion inherent in adolescence, while the addition of a menacing element of suspense makes this emotionally fraught journey that much more harrowing.” (Booklist)
“Maynard is in top form in this tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.” (Associated Press)
“Maynard deftly pulls the reader into the fragile lives of these three vulnerable characters and their preordained march toward the novel’s denouement. A marvelous read––perfect for one long sitting––this novel leaves the reader wishing it didn’t ever have to end.” (BookPage)
“Maynard...is in top form in this tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness.” (Record Searchlight (Redding, CA))
“beautifully written” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
“Maynard offers fresh insight into what constitutes family.” (USA Today)
“It is a testament to Maynard’s skill that she makes this ominous setup into a convincing and poignant coming-of-age tale.” (Washington Post)
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As the end of summer approaches and a long, hot Labor Day weekend looms, the life of lonely thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler is irrevocably changed when he and his emotionally fragile mother show kindness to a stranger with a terrible secret. Now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, Labor Day is a poignant story of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery.See all Product description
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Frank, in a few days, changes the lives of Adele and Henry. It is difficult to distinguish the captor from the captive. Frank is honest, decent, practical and surprisingly likeable. Adele is transformed into a different person, full of life and energy, careful about her appearance, a beauty, picking up on her old passion for dancing, with Frank. Henry has never seen his mother so happy. Frank teaches Henry how to throw a baseball (he is useless at sport), how to make pastry and pies.
Isolated from the outside world, Frank's story emerges. Brought up by his grandmother on a farm, he returned from a 2 year stint in Vietnam to be coerced into a marriage that was doomed to fail and then wrongly accused of murdering his wife and child. He now seemed like a guest we had invited over, but all three of us knew how he came to be there. Frank seemed relaxed, calm and overjoyed, part of a family, now having fallen in love with Adele. They begin to explore the possibilities of a future together however improbable.
Henry had much responsibility thrown onto his young shoulders. Keeping Frank's location secret confused him. He had not known him for more than a few days, he was an escaped convict on a murder charge and despite his mother's happiness, his priority was to take care of her. He also had to cope with his own emerging sexuality. He also had involvement with his father and step-family with Saturday 'family feasts' in restaurants. How Henry loathed them. Henry becomes unsettled and makes choices, some good, some bad (the malicious Eleanor).
Joyce Maynard writes beautifully and fluently with an easy-flowing characteristic style. The characters are well-drawn and the atmospheric exuberance concealing the underlying tension of harbouring a convict comes across convincingly. Accepting the improbability of the latter, this is an enjoyable and entertaining book. Remarkable and unusual in it's content. It is poignant, moving, with love, sex, grief, heartbreak and devastating treachery. An excellent, unforgettable read.
I saw the movie a couple of weeks ago and loved it, absolutely spellbound, so immediately ordered the book. Like the film, the book held my interest from start to finish, I hoovered it up. Some people may find it too slow but, as a story of wrong turns in life, second chances and redemption, "Labor Day" is second to none.
Beautifully written characters who spring to life from the page.
Henry describes his world and his adolescence. Adele describes her pain and isolation. Eleanor rebels and tells.
Frank is a gentle man.
Their lives entwine.
Well done Joyce Maynard. This nook kept my interest and I didn't want to put it down. Enjoy on a bank holiday and it doesn't have to be Labor Day.
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This book takes you on a journey with frank . Knowing that we all make mistakes can his be put right