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Labor Day

A Novel
Maynard, Joyce (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Labor Day


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The dog days of August . . . All summer long, thirteen-year-old Henry kept hoping that something different would happen, but it never did. Then, just as the Labor Day weekend gets under way, in the Pricemart where Henry's mother, Adele, on one of her rare forays out of the house and into the wider world has taken him to buy pants for school, a bleeding man approaches Henry and asks for help. Frank is a man with a secret, and a man on the run. Adele is a wounded soul whose dreams of family life and romantic dancing died years ago, even before her husband left her and their son. And Henry is a "loser" and a loner, a boy on the cusp of manhood who, over the next five days, will learn some of life's most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect peach pie, and the importance of placing others--especially those you love--above yourself.
Authors: Maynard, Joyce, 1953-
Title: Labor Day
a novel
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 244 p. ;,24 cm.
Local Note: 6 15 16 17 18 53 54 57 71 109 118 122 133 143 148 151 152 159 160 173 182 203 210 211 216 231 243 245 250 264
ISBN: 0061843407
9780061843402
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Nice story, easy read. Midway through the book Frank teaches Henry to make a peach pie - it made me actually want to try to make the pie crust too. A wonderful narrative description of how to make a peach pie, mmmm mmmmm.

Report This Feb 24, 2014
  • AlizontheAmazon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After seeing the movie I wanted to read the book. The movie did a really good job of portraying the book. I liked the book more just because it provided more backstory that the movie couldn't have done. In both the book and the movie I thought the romance between Adele and Frank was a little rushed and unexplained, but it is portrayed as it is seen through the eyes of Henry so I guess that's understandable. I would actually say that this is more like a YA coming of age book than an adult romance type novel. If you're looking for a romance book I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one.

Report This Jan 17, 2014
  • dontbugmeimreading rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

loved this one and will go looking for more by her.

Report This Dec 16, 2013
  • bandblair rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well-written and an interesting story. Wondering if the movie will be good.

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