Labor Day

Labor Day

eBook - 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, thirteen-year-old Henry--lonely, friendless, not too good at sports--spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele--a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his "Husband for a Day" coupon, he still can't make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.

But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life's most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others--especially those we love--above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for.

In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's Atonement and Nick Hornby's About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy--and the man he later becomes--looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single long, hot, life-altering weekend.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
ISBN: 9780061957659
0061957658
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (244, 16 p.)
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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MaryRohrbeck
Mar 03, 2017

Although I found this book to be a little slow at first one the pace picked up it was a fascinating story. The story is told from the viewpoint of a middle-school aged boy which I really, really liked. A love story between two adults from a young man who's sexual identity is virtually non-existent was quite refreshing and funny.

I didn't see the movie and I probably won't see it because I don't want to ruin what I have envisioned in my mind. Great story. I'd recommend it to any of my friends.

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mab0411
Jul 21, 2014

I really liked this book much more than I thought I would. I really related to the mum's faults and unapologetic attitude and I think Kate Winset was a very good choice to pay her in the movie.

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kmlangton
Jul 20, 2014

This book was much better than I anticipated - I only read it because it was my book club's choice this summer. The characters' decisions and the resulting consequences stayed with me for days.

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jfd5
Jun 27, 2014

enjoyed this read. Felt for all of the characters. Will watch the movie now and see how it goes.

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PJD
Jun 22, 2014

very emotional!

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atfrancis
Jun 07, 2014

Make sure you have a few hours of uninterrupted time when you start reading this book. You won't want to put it down.

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afrances
May 05, 2014

I'm currently reading this and am really enjoying it!

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katelh
Apr 20, 2014

I loved this book. Beautifully written. Likable characters. I thought the relationship developing between Adele and Frank was lovely. It's one of those books that you know isn't going to end well... but I actually really liked the ending. A great read.

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crayment
Apr 04, 2014

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.

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AlizontheAmazon
Feb 24, 2014

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.

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