Labor Day

Labor Day By Joyce Maynard, Labor Day With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills New Hampshire thirteen year old Henry lonely friendless not too good at sports spends most of h
  • Title: Labor Day
  • Author: Joyce Maynard
  • ISBN: 9780061843402
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Labor Day By Joyce Maynard, With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen year old Henry lonely, friendless, not too good at sports spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates For company Henry has his long divorced mother, Adele aWith the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen year old Henry lonely, friendless, not too good at sports spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates For company Henry has his long divorced mother, Adele a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot his hamster, Joe and awkward Saturday night outings to Friendly s with his estranged father and new stepfamily As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his Husband for a Day coupon, he still can t make his emotionally fragile mother happy Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life s most valuable lessons how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others especially those we love above ourselves And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for.In a manner evoking Ian McEwan s Atonement and Nick Hornby s About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy and the man he later becomes looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single long, hot, life altering weekend.
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    1. Joyce Maynard

      Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose Domestic Affairs column appeared in than fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR Her writing has also been published in national magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine Newsweek The New York Times Magazine Forbes Salon San Francisco Magazine, USA Weekly and many She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Charlie Rose, and on Fresh Air Essays of hers appear in numerous collections She has been a fellow at Yaddo, UCross, and The MacDowell Colony, where she wrote her most recently published novel, Labor Day.The author of many books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel To Die For in which she also plays the role of Nicole Kidman s attorney and the bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, Maynard makes her home in Mill Valley, California Her novel, The Usual Rules a story about surviving loss has been a favorite of book club audiences of all ages, and was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the ten best books for young readers for 2003.Joyce Maynard also runs the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in Guatemala, founded in 2002.

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    1. Henry is a 13 year old living with his pet hamster, Joe, and his agoraphobic, damaged mother at the end of a cul de sac in Holton Mills, New Hampshire He sees his father on Saturday nights for unappetizing outings to Friendly s with dad s new family Henry is small, unathletic and on the lower steps of the social ladder at school But changes are afoot His body is changing in obvious ways and his interests are beginning to point, sometimes embarrassingly so, toward girls Life takes a turn on the T [...]


    2. I m a recent fan of Joyce Maynard and just want to read all of her books now But I should probably slowly, savor them For years I have wanted to read this one, but it stayed in my pile The movie came out, and I never watched it, because I wanted to read the book first I said I was going to wait to read this one since it was her highest rated GR book But I m unpredictable about reads Labor Day tells the story of one long, steamy Labor Day weekend told from the point of view of Henry It s the stor [...]


    3. 4.5 StarsJust wow I ve met Ms Maynard too late in my life This story would have been better for me, had I not watched the movie first I liked both I dare say I would have been obsessed with the book and rated a resounding 5 stars had I not been privy to the screen play prior to the novel But this is okay with me, it just changed the route to get to the ending, in a way.The author added a handful of pages at the end, entitled Don t Try This at Home How I Came to Write This Novel This is her story [...]


    4. I must comment that early in my reading of this book, I was contemplating that it would be deserving of a 3 star rating I certainly was in error, because as I progressed the story became richer and nuanced When finally I reached the denouement I realized that I held in my hands a beautiful, evocative gem, which had brought me to tears.Labor Day is the tale of a fourteen year old boy, Henry, who lives in isolation with his long divorced, emotionally fragile mother On one of their rare outings, h [...]


    5. I have not seen the movie yet of Labor Day by Joyce Maynard, but I ve seen enough movie trailers that I could read the book with the visuals of Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet in my head About at the half way point if asked, I would have rated the book 4 stars But somewhere in that last half when everything was happening, my heart was lost 5 huge and well deserved stars is the rating I am giving this book.Henry is thirteen years old He lives with his somewhat dysfunctional mother, Adele Adele has s [...]



    6. A solid enjoyable read I enjoyed the storyline, who cares if a little unbelievable It was good to have the story told from the point of view of 13 year old Henry, even if some of that pre pubescent teenage musings got a little awkward I loved Adele, you feel her sadness, she s a great character and I can understand how she fell for the charming con on the loose, the element of danger and being a recluse made him seem very compelling, you kind of wanted her to have a happy ending even under the q [...]



    7. There is a metaphor at the heart of this book, that of the creation of an upper crust for a peach pie and the difficulties encountered when the hands are shaky and the weather is humid It must be handled delicately and involves a little magic Such magic is present when a stranger who also happens to be an escaped convict lands in the house of a 13 year old self described loser and his agoraphobic mother, both of whom could use a great deal of help If the setup sounds a little too facile, the exe [...]


    8. % I wrote my review directly on GR, I know, I know, it s a bad habit and when I clicked post, it all went crazy.So here we go again, penning a quick review as I ve got to dash out.As you can see, I truly enjoyed this audiobook These days, due to my huge TBR list, I rarely read books made into movies that I watched BTW, I thought the movie was pretty good, despite Josh Brolin he s a good actor, but I m not a fan I hadn t read Maynard and upon seeing this audiobook at the library it called to me.H [...]


    9. I really, really tried I got to page 88 and just gave up The plot is contrived and I was just beginning to be able to suspend the disbelief necessary to get into the book, when I gave up on trying to be able to figure out who was speaking and or thinking It is completely pretentious to write an entire book with a ton of dialogue and NOT use proper punctuation to indicate who is speaking and who is having inner dialogue I get it, I get it, it s a big bad impressive way to write, but only if done [...]


    10. I m just annoyed I usually would finish a book if I made it this far, 78%, but I m just done DONE.First, Maynard starts off on the wrong foot by deciding to write a book with no quotation marks Why is this so popular Is it artistic Is it deep Or what Listen, quotation marks were invented for a reason The reason being that it s difficult to read a book where you can t separate the dialogue from anything elseEN.It s always surprising and a bit awkward when I find I ve walked into someone else s ma [...]


    11. I knew I had to read this book after seeing the trailer to the movie And now that I have read this beautifully written novel I hope the movie does it justice.I watched the movie last night and although I enjoyed it very much I enjoyed the book


    12. This book was GOD AWFUL First the descriptions from Henry about listening to his mother have sex were just distrubing I don t think any child would describe this to anyone and there was just no point in the book that it was even necessary.I wanted to love this book so much I saw the preview for the upcoming movie and decided this would be a great read It is told by Henry a 13 year old boy An injured man Frank approaches Henry in a convenience store asking for help Once getting home they discover [...]


    13. There are a few reasons why I listened to this book 1 It s called Labor Day and I listened to it on the Labor Day This one is actually of a coincidence than an actual reason but let s put it there anyway.2 It takes place in New Hampshire in early September, which is when I arrived in New Hampshire twelve years ago to spend a year there This is the nostalgia reason.3 I suppose I ll come clean and say it the audiobook is read by Wilson Bethel who looks like this I fancied the idea of having him t [...]


    14. Well written and mildly satisfying, Labor Day is a very quick read In fact, I read it just this afternoon after hiking A suspicious stranger, who turns out to be an escaped prisoner, approaches a young boy and his mother for a ride while they re out shopping They take him in, he offers to help around the house, and interesting bonds form The mother is your standard borderline character, suffering from depression and desiring isolation Her son is a typical teenage product of divorce, stepping int [...]


    15. Joyce Maynard caught my interest years ago with the publication of her memoir about her life with J.D Salinger At the time she was widely vilified for exposing an intimate picture of an author who is practically a national treasure I found that book fascinating, well written and I had no problem with her sharing her story with the world By the time I finished that book I had respect for Maynard than for Salinger Labor Day is my first experience with her fiction and I found it hilarious, though [...]


    16. The lives of thirteen year old Henry Wheeler, a lonely outcast, and his mother Adele, an emotionally fragile , reclusive, and also lonely woman , are about to change as they risk showing kindness to a stranger with a secret past Spanning 6 days including Labor Day , this is a love story and coming of age story, and most recently a movie with Kate Winslet and Josh Brollin I especially like the last chapters which are beautifully written Is it wrong to try and grasp a bit of happiness , given the [...]


    17. Another wonderful book by Joyce Maynard written mostly from the point of a teenager Very well written and I m sorry to be finished with it I wish it could have gone on and on I actually rate this 4.5 I listened to this book every chance I got and couldn t wait to get back to it I love her writing style If this were a bookclub book I think there would be plenty to discuss As with her other book this felt like a true story I don t want to include any spoilers so I won t talk about the story But ju [...]


    18. I had mixed feelings about this book In one way, it s a gentle story about love and a teenaged boy who has had to be the adult for way too long On the other hand, it feels a little contrived A woman and her son bring into their home a strange man without even a flicker of worry or doubt or suspicion Even before they find out he s an escaped convict, you d expect the situation to raise some flags But, if you can accept the premise, the story of their Labor Day weekend does its job to pull you thr [...]


    19. A young boys coming of age story.Two lost souls finding each other.A sweet,sad love story Very well written Wonderful characters,that stay in character Just a good,solid book I highly recommend it.


    20. She was in love with love She couldn t do anything partway She felt everything too deeply, it was like the world was too much for her This story details the momentous events that take place over the course of Labor Day weekend when Adele and her teenage son Henry, bring a fugitive into their homes and their lives.I literally just finished this book a few moments ago, and I am still such an emotional mess right now that I should probably have waited to write this review but I wanted it to be as f [...]


    21. From the very beginning of Labor Day, the reader is immersed in the mind, emotions and everyday life of a thirteen year old boy during one memorable Labor Day weekend All told from the first person narrator Henry.Living in a small New Hampshire town, Henry is miserably aware of his limitations and those of his family members from his mother, who is almost an agoraphobic, to his father whose new family with his new wife and new kids has no idea how to relate to him Their stilted Saturday evenings [...]


    22. This is the stupidest book I ve read in recent memory, and I m not all that discriminating a reader, so that s saying something To be fair, the last 60 or 70 pages are reasonably affecting, but everything leading up to that pee yew.Narrated by 13 year old Henry who is prone to saying things like, My body had been changing H air had started to grow under my arms, and lower down too, in the place I had no words for NO WORDS FOR who lives alone with his mother Adele, a borderline agoraphobic On the [...]


    23. This is only a bound manuscript at this point, but I believe it s scheduled for late summer 2009 publication.I haven t read anything by Maynard before, but she s certainly on my list of authors to read of now This story, which I easily devoured in a lazy day at home, is touching on so many levels Told through the eyes of a 13 year old boy, it s the story of five days when an escaped criminal comes to live with him and his mom, changing their lives forever Henry feels responsible for his recluse [...]


    24. I was shocked how much I enjoyed this book When I first started to read it, I thought three starsIt is ok, not great As I progressed with the book, the author drew me into the characters so much, I actually felt myself having sympathy for the escaped prisoner and hoping he would get a second chance at life Now that is some good writing


    25. Maynard does a very nice job pulling you into this story At first I didn t know if this plot or narrator were believable but by the end you believe every word as the gospel truth How can you dispute this characters experiences Lovely story but heartbreaking at times You might be surprised with how the author wraps it up Nice, easy read.


    26. Spoiler alert I didn t like it I d give it 2.5 stars I think it was slightly creepy to hear about a one weekend stand through the eyes of a 13 year old son I also hope 13 year olds are not as naive as the one in the book He made so many wild assumptions and floated through the story like a whiny, useless lump I liked the mother character, but am not convinced it isn t because I know Kate Winslet is playing the character in the movie and she s so good I would have rather read a book from the moth [...]


    27. In the beginning I really wanted to dislike this book I look at this mother and think how could you put your child in this situation But somehow, through all the cracks and flaws in this novel a beautiful heartfelt story emerged This is one of those novels that you have to lay your judgment aside and just get swept away in the world of the narrator That is really the only way you will enjoy this piece It is sad, borders on mental instability, but at the root of it all is love.


    28. This book was so beautiful I hope I can do it the justice it deserves in explaining how wonderful and how highly recommended this book comes from me.Henry is much mature than your average 13 year old boy, but at the same time he is innocent and naive Frank and Adele are both tortured souls, but it was inspiring to read about the relationship they forge in the six days most of the story takes place within I really enjoyed the way these characters unraveled by slow increments giving you small gli [...]


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