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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,844 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Maynard Narrator: Wilson Bethel Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780061956409
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“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)

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 

  • “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

  • “Maynard offers fresh insight into what constitutes family.”

    USA Today

  • “[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

  • “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 expertly tugs heartstrings in a tidy tale.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Maynard gets inside the head of an adolescent boy who is grappling with his own identity and the mysteries of sex (while revealing the secrets of making perfect pie crust).”

    Salt Lake City Tribune

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the August 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 2/15/2014

    " really compelling and disturbing book. i felt uncomfortable at first while reading, then could not put it down. i ended up really liking it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tenna | 2/12/2014

    " Just couldn't get into this book...I gave up after about 30 pages which is really unusual for me. Oh well, on to the next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Brown | 2/9/2014

    " I loved this book...despite having a child narrator which I don't usually like..it was a quick and easy read..but had a lot to say all the same...I'd saved it to read this weekend (Labor Day:) .... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 1/30/2014

    " Loved this book! Joyce Maynard is a master of character development. This is a book that will capture your attention immediately. I got sad at the end, not because of the storyline, but because the book was ending... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethecaingmail.com | 1/24/2014

    " A teenage boy describes the Labor Day weekend when his reclusive mother brings home a fugitive to hide in their home. A great book about how people change throughout their lives because of the people they come to know, the decisions they make and the random things that happen to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/19/2014

    " I loev Joyce Maynard and had to eradh this book before the movie comes out next year and it didn't disappoint. Some of it was a bit far fetched for me, but I enjoyed the storyline, I'm sure the movie will be great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Duree Bryant | 1/16/2014

    " I loved this book - - when I was finished with it, I found myself sad that I had to say good-bye to the characters because I liked them so much. My book club read another Joyce Maynard book a few years ago, "The Usual Rules", which I would also recommend highly. Her own story is as interesting as her books, as she had a relationship with JD Salinger when she was 18 and he was 53. She has also written quite a bit for the New York Times. Anyway, the bottom line is: read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 1/10/2014

    " This is a sweet story - loved the ending, but it's not great literature. Yet I am so, so glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Enia | 1/7/2014

    " This story was unique. Three characters came together in a strange way, and the story was told with sensitivity and with keen understanding for the ages and stages of the different characters. Once I heard the author's interview I was intrigued, and the book did not disappoint me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 12/24/2013

    " I thought this was okay. I was interested enough to finish it fairly quickly, but I didn't really connect with any of the characters. None of them seemed to me to act like real human beings, I just didn't believe it. But an easy quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/13/2013

    " The narrator, a thirteen year old boy, Henry, lives with his unstable, divorced mother, Adele. Over a long Labor Day weekend, they harbor an escaped convict, Frank. The three together, surprisingly, make life better for each other. Sweet ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 10/26/2013

    " Loved it. Great writing, and a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rivkah K | 10/26/2013

    " I have read 2 books by this author and can't wait to read more. Awesome writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mkb | 7/31/2013

    " A surprisingly refreshing book about a 13 year old and his mother. Life changes for them during the Labor Day weekend when they take meet at man at the Pricemart and take him home. Frank has just escaped from prison but he is kind and the boy's mother falls in love with him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 NG | 5/10/2013

    " Perfectly fine, I just didn't love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 2/2/2013

    " i really liked this book. I love that only 3 days could shape a young boy's entire life. Sad but happy at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 12/14/2012

    " Surprisingly wonderful read! Had I liked the beginning as much as the end, I definitely would have given this book 5 stars. You could really see the growth in the characters....part of the charm in this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Bialek | 9/17/2012

    " It was surprisingly a wonderful book! I recommended it to book club and they all loved it too! Very unusual story and even a unique writing style but loved everything about it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 9/8/2012

    " I read this over Labor Day weekend and was touched by the story of a young teenager with dreams and unfulfilled wishes that turn on a chance meeting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 3/10/2012

    " This was a quick read for me but seemed too far fetch for me to really get into the book. It was also a bit predictable but overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Williams | 2/13/2012

    " Even though the circumstances were beyond belief, the characters were relatable and realistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor Haymond | 10/24/2011

    " I would have liked to give this book 3.5 stars but that wasn't an option. I liked the suspense, and the viewpoint of the young narrator....to say more would be a spoiler. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/18/2011

    " Entertaining, fun, and humorous. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie Mission Viejo | 8/24/2011

    " Interesting events over a Labor Day weekend change several lives. Another easy, fun read. Nothing spectacular, but certainly not a waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Norris | 7/21/2011

    " Really liking this one so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Spencer | 5/22/2011

    " I liked this book because the characters were so real and true to life and while you could see the inevitability of where the plot was heading, it was hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Todd Hagen | 5/2/2011

    " This is the third book by this author I've read this month. They are quick, easy reads, but say quite a bit about people. I will likely read more by Joyce Maynard in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 4/24/2011

    " Good book, I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 4/21/2011

    " Lovely story or pain, redemption, and coming-of-age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 4/19/2011

    " Don't like how there are no quotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/17/2011

    " I really wanted to give this four and a half stars. Just a great read. I didn't give it five stars because it was a little far fetched...but a really sweet book nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Payden | 4/7/2011

    " It is a different book. Interesting though. The last chapter takes it from a 2 to a 4 star for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 3/29/2011

    " This was an unusual love story which kept me interested throughout the book. Although the story was a bit far-fetched, I can see how it could actually happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/27/2011

    " Great,quick read. I really enjoyed the characters and the somewhat happy ending for a change. Highly recommend if you are looking for an engrossing book to get you back into reading or a short read (I read it in a day). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Enia | 3/25/2011

    " This story was unique. Three characters came together in a strange way, and the story was told with sensitivity and with keen understanding for the ages and stages of the different characters. Once I heard the author's interview I was intrigued, and the book did not disappoint me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/17/2011

    " Easy & enjoyable read. Great characters, good story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chantal | 3/13/2011

    " Deed weinig voor me. Ik miste een bepaald gevoel, diepgang. Geen slecht boek. Zeker niet. Maar echt geen topper voor mij persoonlijk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/12/2011

    " Really enjoyed...Maynard is a skilled writer and loved the viewpoint of son on living through a odd but ultimately loving situation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 3/11/2011

    " Felt like I was reading Bel Canto again, but in a good way. "

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About the Author
Author 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 more than fifty papers nationwide, and 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; USA Weekly; and many more. 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 also runs the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in Guatemala, founded in 2002.