When Joyce Maynard's Labor Day was published in hardcover last summer, I was so intrigued by the storyline. A woman and her teenage son encounter a mysterious man at a store in town and somewhat inexplicably, invite him home. The chance encounter and how they each choose to deal with it forever changes all three of their lives.
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.
Labor Day is on sale in paperback this Tuesday, August 3rd, and Joyce will join us on Monday, August 30th to discuss the book. I can't wait for this discussion. I have 10 copies of Labor Day to give away to the first 10 people who comment that they'd like to participate in the show on August 30th at 7 pm ET. Browse inside Labor Day, check out the reading group guide, visit Joyce's website and set your reminder for the show. You can also look for Joyce on tour near you, for both the paperback of Labor Day and for her new novel in hardcover, The Good Daughters, which is on sale on August 24th.