Labor Day

By Joyce Maynard
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061843419, 244pp.)

Publication Date: August 2010

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With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, lonely, friendless thirteen-year-old Henry spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming with only his emotionally fragile, long-divorced mother for company. But everything changes on the Thursday before the holiday weekend when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank asks Henry for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life's most valuable lessons, about the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting those we care about above ourselves--and that real love is worth waiting for.

From acclaimed author Joyce Maynard comes a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenager--and the man he later becomes.

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.

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  1. As reported by Henry, his mother Adele displays a number of behaviors that could be interpreted as crazy. How do you explain her son's steadiness and competence? Do you consider Adele to be a bad mother?

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