August 2009 Indie Next List
“In Labor Day, Joyce Maynard has created three well-written and engaging characters, has put them in an extraordinary situation, and has delivered a wonderful book. I admit to being teary during the last few pages.”
— Lisa Sharp, Nightbird Books, Fayetteville, AR
November 2010 Indie Next List
“Labor Day is a novel about seeing the good in someone when no one else can; how spending a few minutes sharing a talent with a child can affect his entire life and the person he ultimately becomes; about true love that, once found, can never be torn away no matter how strong the outside forces; about families and what the word really means; about believing that someone can be better than they think they are and having the same beliefs about yourself; and about hope, trust, and forgiveness. A natural for book group discussion!”
— Cathy Allard, BayShore Books LLC, Oconto, WI
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.
About the Author
Joyce Maynard was born and raised in New Hampshire. She is the author of several books, including "To Die For, Where Love Goes, Domestic Affairs, Baby Talk", and her memoir "Looking Back", which she wrote at the age of eighteen. Joyce Maynard has written for many national publications, including" The New York Times Magazine, Parenting" and "Good Housekeeping". She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her three children.