Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
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72%

33 Critic Reviews

Labor Day is a unique and creative story about love, family, believing in others and loyalty. It’s beautifully written with ingenious characters and a fascinating plot. It’s a book I highly recommend and believe it would be a shame for anyone to miss reading it.
-The House of Seven Tails

Synopsis

“Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form with Labor Day. Simply a novel you cannot miss.”

—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper and Keeping Faith

“Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks.”

St. Petersburg Times

Joyce Maynard, acclaimed author of At Home in the World, is back with Labor Day. The  unforgettable story of a mother and son forever changed during a long summer weekend when a mysterious man comes into their lives. Labor Day is “a sexy, page turning, poignant story” (Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World) that “affirms Maynard’s reputation as a master storyteller and shows her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart” (People)

 

About Joyce Maynard

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Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times, a magazine journalist, a radio commentator, and a syndicated columnist, as well as the author of six novels, including To Die For and Labor Day, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into eleven languages. Her previous novel, Labor Day, is being adapted for film by Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman. The mother of five children, she makes her home in Mill Valley, California.
 
Published July 16, 2009 by William Morrow. 260 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Labor Day
All: 33 | Positive: 27 | Negative: 6

Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Nikki Tiani on Jan 20 2014

The primary concern of the group was that the Maynard's writing style plods along very slowly and is edited in a way that does not lend to quotations.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg on Dec 30 2010

LABOR DAY is a wise, heartfelt novel that illuminates with subtlety and grace quiet truths about the sometimes fractured beauty of family life and the mysteries of the human heart.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Thom Geier on Jul 29 2009

Labor Day works — despite its implausible Lifetime plot — by smartly focusing on the blinkered and somewhat naive perspective of Henry.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Donna Rifkind on Aug 07 2009

Reduced to its broad outlines, "Labor Day" can't help sounding a little ridiculous: a goofy mash-up of "Mary Poppins," "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Cape Fear," minus the fear.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by CAROLINE PRESTON on Aug 12 2009

It is a testament to Maynard's skill that she makes this ominous setup into a convincing and poignant coming-of-age tale.

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BookPage

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Reviewed by Deborah Donovan on Aug 01 2009

A marvelous read—perfect for one long sitting—this novel leaves the reader wishing it didn’t ever have to end.

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Tampa Bay Times

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Reviewed by Tammar Stein on Aug 29 2009

Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks.

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We Love This Book

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Reviewed by Rosanna Hawkins on Feb 13 2014

Finely crafted and emotionally astute, Labor Day is a heart-rending page-turner that keeps just on the right side of sentimental to constitute a rewarding coming-of-age novel.

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Michael Leonard on Jan 01 2009

Maynard writes her tender story with dark, ironic humor, fully sensing Henry’s adolescent inadequacies as he gravitates between generosity and his fear of Frank and his future. But there’s also Maynard’s sensitive depiction of Adele’s loneliness and longing, her sense of being in love with love as she falls into the arms of Frank...

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Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Nov 25 2011

While the premise of Labor Day was a bit unbelievable, Maynard wrote it well. Henry’s vacillation was frustrating, but very realistic. This novel would make an excellent book club pick, as it deals with many relevant issues and will inspire readers to discuss what is within its pages.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

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on Jul 22 2010

The relationship this trio shares is initially perplexing, but ultimately rewarding. The storyline is captivating and unpredictable. While reading this book my initial thought was “What!?” but by the end it was replaced with a “Wow!”

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Once Upon a Twilight

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 27 2014

It is a well written book, it made me laugh out loud and it made me shake my head. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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Novelicious

Good
Reviewed by Debs Carr on Nov 14 2013

This novel has evoked comparisons with 13 year old Briony Tallis from Ian McEwan’s story, Atonement and Nick Hornby's About a Boy. Having read both of these books, there are definite similarities, but Maynard’s novel, for me, was a lot more chilling and methodical in the detailing and weaving together of the lives of her three central characters.

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Book Journey

Below average
Reviewed by Sheila on Feb 04 2014

I clearly did not love the book, but I did not hate it either. It is a book that still has me thinking about it. The fact that it creates such strong emotion in me must say something

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Raging Biblioholism

Above average
on Jan 26 2014

Considering the sheer pleasure I got while reading this book – not pleasure in a HAPPY! way but pleasure in a “this read well and quickly and ticked the boxes it was meant to tick” way – I could’ve nudged this up to a 4. But let’s be honest: I will, more likely than not, forget most of this within a few weeks...

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Book Chatter

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Reviewed by Tina on Aug 02 2010

Labor Day is my favorite type of book. It’s the kind of book that you read, experience and then once done, think about for days on end. I highly recommend it.

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The Book Stop

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Reviewed by curlygeek04 on Jan 13 2014

I’ve said before I don’t do “heartwarming”, and this book has heartwarming written all over it. I suppose I should have known that from the beginning. I expected layers and what I got was pie-baking as metaphor for life.

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Musings of a Bookish Kitty

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Reviewed by Literary Feline on Feb 27 2014

I loved Maynard's writing in The Usual Rules and I love it in Labor Day. I also liked the care she took in crafting her characters, how real they became as I read the novel, and how much reflection went into their thoughts and actions.

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Bookfoolery and Babble

Good
on Jan 16 2014

I definitely recommend Labor Day as a book club read. I was pleasantly surprised at how many different aspects of the characterization, story, plot, etc. we found to talk about...the entire group enjoyed reading a book that was interesting and discussion-worthy without being either time-consuming or overwhelming.

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Bookfoolery and Babble

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on Dec 15 2013

Fascinating characters and an unexpectedly uplifting ending are the two most outstanding features of Labor Day...Labor Day is my first read by Joyce Maynard and it definitely will not be my last.

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Estella's Revenge

Above average
Reviewed by Andi on Apr 01 2014

It was tough to buy in, but ultimately I'm glad I read this book because it falls squarely outside my comfort zone, and it did provide some good fodder for book club discussion.

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Reviews From The Heart

Good
on Dec 03 2013

...I find the rating of 4 out of 5 reasonable based on my own rating criteria. This is not the novel for all readers but for those that love Joyce Maynard's writing style this one is a must read.

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red headed book child

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Jan 13 2014

I highly recommend this book. It's a fast read, though emotional. The ending is a bit abrupt but I think it had to be for where the story needed to go.

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Small World Reads Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Small on Jan 27 2014

This isn't heavy literature, but I personally would not categorize it as "fluffy." It's a quick, easy, and satisfying read.

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Reviewed by Mom

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Reviewed by Kristin Jordan on Jan 02 2014

Now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, Labor Day is a poignant story of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery.

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Southern Girl Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa on Mar 11 2014

Though I did end up enjoying the book, I can't say it's one of my favorites or one that I would recommend highly. If I'm completely honest, I just don't relate to all the hype this book garnered when it was first released. For me, it was okay but I didn't love it.

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Alive on the Shelves

Above average
Reviewed by Lisa on Feb 21 2014

I really, really enjoyed this book – devoured it on one flight and a late evening in my hotel...This is Henry’s story...

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5 Minutes for Mom

Above average
Reviewed by Elizabeth on Jan 27 2014

The novel is a fast read and while the characters are in some ways predictable, the story is sweet and shows ways that love can find you in unexpected places, and that families can be created in the most unlikely ways.

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Hello Giggles

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Reviewed by Lindsey Silken on Mar 09 2014

It didn’t seem very Maynard-esque. Too focused on adults. But the story is through the pre-adolescent boy’s perspective, so in fact, it turned out to be very Maynard indeed. There are all the complicated emotions of being a kid at a time when you’re starting to grow up and deal with grown up things.

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The Neff Review

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Reviewed by LaVonne Neff on Aug 31 2012

The fact that I'm still thinking about Labor Day two days after finishing it is why I've found the category that best describes it. It's an excellent book-club book: a well-written, enjoyable, not-too-demanding page-turner that begs to be discussed with friends.

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Reviewed by Kelley on Mar 28 2014

I would give this book 3 stars, with reservations. It wasn’t exactly bad but it didn’t stick with me enough to be called good.

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The House of Seven Tails

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Reviewed by Amy Meyer on Jan 20 2014

Labor Day is a unique and creative story about love, family, believing in others and loyalty. It’s beautifully written with ingenious characters and a fascinating plot. It’s a book I highly recommend and believe it would be a shame for anyone to miss reading it.

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Rundpinne

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Reviewed by Jennifer on Jul 28 2010

Labor Day is a quick read filled with hope, family and love and one I enjoyed and would recommend to others looking for a light yet beautiful novel of how one act could impact the lives of so many people.

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