Labor Day

By Joyce Maynard
(William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780062313638, 244pp.)

Publication Date: December 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the 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
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Reading Group 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


Description

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.




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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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