Labor Day

Labor DayI really, really tried. I got to page 88 and just gave up. The plot is contrived and I was just beginning to be able to suspend the disbelief necessary to get into the book, when I gave up on trying to be able to figure out who was speaking and/or thinking.

It is completely pretentious to write an entire book with a ton of dialogue and NOT use proper punctuation to indicate who is speaking and who is having inner dialogue. I get it, I get it, it's a big bad impressive way to write, but only if done well. It is not done well here. I gave up when I realized on my lunch break at work that I rather be working than reading this book. I actually read the reading guide questions, interview with the author (which was disturbing) and the prologue of another book of her's and didn't crack open the book proper.

I'm reading this for a book/movie club, where we read the book and then see the movie to determine which medium worked better for the story. Unless the movie is Godawful, it HAS to be better than the book. At least in a movie you can usually tell who is talking or if its an internal monologue.

This book gets one star because the dude on the cover is hot. That's about the best I can say for this book. If people saw the movie....
Even 'with' a talented cast.., it's not nearly as good as the book!!!! 4.5 Stars

Just wow. I've met Ms Maynard too late in my life!

This story would have been better for me, had I not watched the movie first. I liked both. I dare say I would have been obsessed with the book and rated a resounding 5 stars had I not been privy to the screen play prior to the novel. But this is okay with me, it just changed the route to get to the ending, in a way.

The author added a handful of pages at the end, entitled “Don’t Try This at Home: How I Came to Write This Novel”. This is her story of how this story came to life. I like these added bits of gold, when the author gives their back story. What I gleaned from this is that Joyce is a trusting soul, likes to see the best in people and likes to see a story unfold, whether she has weighed up every little pro and con there could beor not. I see this in myself in a way, and now am very keen to learn more about her and her work.

This is my favourite part – “But the world I want to live in as a world in which it is still possible to believe in goodness, to trust in love. If a happy ending of sorts presented itself in Labor Day, I take no credit for it. The characters themselves created their story. I just wrote it down for them.”

I like that Adele, our fragile leading lady trusted in this man she met, realistic or not, I love that she took a chance, and I also love that Frank was a good man who showed his love straight away. This is a story and JM saw it through. In her words and I’d echo them “Maybe it’s an impossibly romantic and idealistic story” but it’s a story of fiction which is there for the telling. I’m glad she told it!

“Everybody talks about all this crazy, wild passion, he said. That’s how it goes, in the songs. Your mother was like that. She was in love with love. She couldn’t do anything partway. She felt everything so deeply, it was like the world was too much for her. Any time she’d hear a story about some kids who had cancer, or an old man whose wife died, or his dog even, it was like it happened to her”.

I see a woman with passion here, I like what she’s written and I want to read more.

Update, June 2016, a very cold winter:

Months after reading I still think of this book. I stumbled across a delightful video of Joyce Maynard baking her 'pie'. Having a capable 13 year old at home on holidays before her siblings care of grammar school here she is following said recipe. Was fun translating sticks of butter and tapioca etc! Joyce was such fun and absolutely delicious I have to say!

Here is my girl:
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and here is the final product:
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Too yummy:
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Finally, here is the link so you can see the lovely Joyce Maynard in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDKoW... I must comment that early in my reading of this book, I was contemplating that it would be deserving of a 3 star rating. I certainly was in error, because as I progressed the story became richer and more nuanced. When finally I reached the denouement I realized that I held in my hands a beautiful, evocative gem, which had brought me to tears.

Labor Day is the tale of a fourteen year old boy, Henry, who lives in isolation with his longdivorced, emotionally fragile mother. On one of their rare outings, he is approached by an injured man who requests his help. Henry and his mother pity him and take him to their home. It soon becomes clear that this is an escaped prisoner, but no ordinary man.The time they spend together is the moving, often delightful essence of this novel.

Maynard has skillfully and poignantly fashioned the narrative in the voice of Henry. She has vividly portrayed the emotions of all her characters,especially those of this adolescent boy on the threshhold of maturity and sexual awakening.

This was the first book that I have read by the uniquely talented Joyce Maynard. I look forward to exploring others. A solid enjoyable read. I enjoyed the storyline, who cares if a little unbelievable. It was good to have the story told from the point of view of 13 year old Henry, even if some of that pre pubescent teenage musings got a little awkward. I loved Adele, you feel her sadness, she's a great character and I can understand how she fell for the charming con on the loose, the element of danger and being a recluse made him seem very compelling, you kind of wanted her to have a happy ending even under the questionable circumstances. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, it was a simple easy to follow story and now I'll just have to force myself to watch the movie...hello Josh Brolin ;) lol I have not seen the movie yet of Labor Day by Joyce Maynard, but I’ve seen enough movie trailers that I could read the book with the visuals of Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet in my head. About at the half way point if asked, I would have rated the book 4 stars. But somewhere in that last half when everything was happening, my heart was lost. 5 huge and well deserved stars is the rating I am giving this book.

Henry is thirteen years old. He lives with his somewhat dysfunctional mother, Adele. Adele has several issues and at first, I was trying to come up with a proper diagnosis. But as I progressed through the book, it became obvious that her only true diagnosis was a broken heart.

“She felt everything so deeply, it was like the world was too much for her.”

During one of Henry and Adele’s rare trips to the store, Henry is approached by Frank who has escaped from prison. He is hurt and they take him home with them. During the six days he spent there, all of their lives were changed forever. We learn Frank’s story and you can’t help but fall in love with him. We learn Adele’s past, and the pain she has endured. These two people that have mostly only known loneliness find hope and love through each other.

“If I’d never jumped out that window, I never would have found you.”

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The story is told from Henry’s point of view as an adult remembering back to that time. A time when he was struggling with sexual awareness, living a somewhat lonely and awkward existence with his mother, and struggling with his relationship with his own father. Those six days had a profound impact on Henry and molded the rest of his life.

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I can honestly say that these three will not be forgotten anytime soon. They have etched themselves into my heart and there they will stay.
There is a metaphor at the heart of this book, that of the creation of an upper crust for a peach pie and the difficulties encountered when the hands are shaky and the weather is humid. It must be handled delicately and involves a little magic. Such magic is present when a stranger who also happens to be an escaped convict lands in the house of a 13 year old selfdescribed "loser" and his agoraphobic mother, both of whom could use a great deal of help. If the setup sounds a little too facile, the execution really is more complicated. Other reviews have said this is told from the point of view of that 13 year old, but it really is told from the point of view of that boy as an adult. It is a memory piece, not a journal of days. Such qualifiers as "at that time" give this away, making it much more than just a record, but a haunting realization of the power that a positive person can have at a pivotal time in someones life and how the result resonates decades after the fact. The novel is short in length, but is reminiscent of John Irving at his best.
Very good book..I hope the movie is as well done.... I'm a recent fan of Joyce Maynard and just want to read all of her books now. But I should probably slowly, savor them. For years I have wanted to read this one, but it stayed in my pile. The movie came out, and I never watched it, because I wanted to read the book first. I said I was going to wait to read this one since it was her highest rated GR book. But I'm unpredictable about reads.

Labor Day tells the story of one long, steamy Labor Day weekend told from the point of view of Henry. It's the story of longing, and wanting to be loved. Henry is 13 and lives with his mother. His parents are divorced and he eats dinner out once a week with his father and his new family. Henry doesn't feel like he belongs. He has no friends, except for his mother. His mother is haunted by her past and almost appears to go through the motions of life, not really living. She is practically a recluse. Until that one fateful day when they go to the store for pants for Henry. This is where they meet Frank, an escaped convict, who is also longing. And immediately, all three of their lives are drastically changed. Especially after that incredible Labor Day weekend that they spend together that seems like a life time. And also, how the smallest consequences can change entire lives of people.

This was quite the slow, sultry read. A truly lovely story how people can ultimately find that one true love, that knows no bounds. I really enjoyed the story and listened to this one via audio, which was good, but not narrated by Maynard. While I did like this one, I found her book After Her a much more captivating read. I have the movie version ready to watch this weekend. And, I've already grabbed my next Maynard read....maybe I am predictable after all. Fte Du Travail WikipdiaLabor Day WikipediaLabor Day In The United States Time And Date Labor Day Is On The First Monday Of September Every Year It Was Originally Organized To Celebrate Various Labor Unions Strengths Of And Contributions To The United States Economy Is Labor Day A Public Holiday Labor Day Is A Public Holiday It Is A Day Off For The General Population, And Schools And Most Businesses Are Closed Celebrate Labor Day Labor DayFacts, Meaning Founding Labor Day Pays Tribute To The Contributions And Achievements Of American Workers And Is Traditionally Observed On The First Monday In September It Was Created By Labour Day Wikipedia Labour Day Labor Day In The United States Is An Annual Holiday To Celebrate The Achievements Of Workers Labour Day Has Its Origins In The Labour Union Movement, Specifically The Eight Hour Day Movement, Which Advocated Eight Hours For Work, Eight Hours For Recreation, And Eight Hours For Rest Labor Day English French Dictionary WordReference Labor Day N Noun Refers To Person, Place, Thing, Quality, Etc US US National Holiday Fte Amricaine Fte Du Travail Nf Nom Fminin S Utilise Avec Les Articles La, L Devant Une Voyelle Ou Un H Muet , Une Ex Fille Nf On Dira La Fille Ou Une Fille Avec Un Nom Fminin, L Adjectif S Accorde En Gnral, On Ajoute Un E L Adjectif Par Exemple, On Dira Une Petit Labor DayIMDb More Importantly, Labor Day Displays The Under Utilized Message Of The Impact Of Relationships, Even Though The Positive Results Are Revealed Many Years Later The Soundtrack Is Unusual And Haunting, Providing A Surreal Effect On The Entire Productionofpeople Found This Review Helpful Was This Review Helpful To You Report This Traduction Labor Day Franais Dictionnaire Anglais Reverso Labor Day, Transplanted From CivIII, Has Become Known As A Time When Jerry Lewis Conducts His Annual Telethon To Raise Money For Children Who Suffer From Muscular Dystrophy Le Jour De Travail , Transplant De CivIII, Est Devenu Notoire Comme Moment O Jerry Lewis Conduit Son Telethon Annuel Pour Soulever L Argent Pour Les Enfants Qui Souffrent De La Dystrophie Musculaire Traduction Labor Franais Dictionnaire Anglais Reverso N US, Canadian Fte F Du Travail Le Premier Lundi De Septembre Last Days Of Summer FilmAlloCin Last Days Of Summer Est Un Film Ralis Par Jason Reitman Avec Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin Synopsis Lors Du Dernier Week End De L T, Frank, Un Dtenu Vad, Condamn Pour Meurtre

Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in more than fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR

[KINDLE] ✿ Labor Day Author Joyce Maynard – Webcamtopladies.info
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    and here is the final product:
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    Too yummy:
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    Finally, here is the link so you can see the lovely Joyce Maynard in action:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDKoW... I must comment that early in my reading of this book, I was contemplating that it would be deserving of a 3 star rating. I certainly was in error, because as I progressed the story became richer and more nuanced. When finally I reached the denouement I realized that I held in my hands a beautiful, evocative gem, which had brought me to tears.

    Labor Day is the tale of a fourteen year old boy, Henry, who lives in isolation with his longdivorced, emotionally fragile mother. On one of their rare outings, he is approached by an injured man who requests his help. Henry and his mother pity him and take him to their home. It soon becomes clear that this is an escaped prisoner, but no ordinary man.The time they spend together is the moving, often delightful essence of this novel.

    Maynard has skillfully and poignantly fashioned the narrative in the voice of Henry. She has vividly portrayed the emotions of all her characters,especially those of this adolescent boy on the threshhold of maturity and sexual awakening.

    This was the first book that I have read by the uniquely talented Joyce Maynard. I look forward to exploring others. A solid enjoyable read. I enjoyed the storyline, who cares if a little unbelievable. It was good to have the story told from the point of view of 13 year old Henry, even if some of that pre pubescent teenage musings got a little awkward. I loved Adele, you feel her sadness, she's a great character and I can understand how she fell for the charming con on the loose, the element of danger and being a recluse made him seem very compelling, you kind of wanted her to have a happy ending even under the questionable circumstances. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, it was a simple easy to follow story and now I'll just have to force myself to watch the movie...hello Josh Brolin ;) lol I have not seen the movie yet of Labor Day by Joyce Maynard, but I’ve seen enough movie trailers that I could read the book with the visuals of Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet in my head. About at the half way point if asked, I would have rated the book 4 stars. But somewhere in that last half when everything was happening, my heart was lost. 5 huge and well deserved stars is the rating I am giving this book.

    Henry is thirteen years old. He lives with his somewhat dysfunctional mother, Adele. Adele has several issues and at first, I was trying to come up with a proper diagnosis. But as I progressed through the book, it became obvious that her only true diagnosis was a broken heart.

    “She felt everything so deeply, it was like the world was too much for her.”

    During one of Henry and Adele’s rare trips to the store, Henry is approached by Frank who has escaped from prison. He is hurt and they take him home with them. During the six days he spent there, all of their lives were changed forever. We learn Frank’s story and you can’t help but fall in love with him. We learn Adele’s past, and the pain she has endured. These two people that have mostly only known loneliness find hope and love through each other.

    “If I’d never jumped out that window, I never would have found you.”

     photo laborday1zps5879893b.jpg

    The story is told from Henry’s point of view as an adult remembering back to that time. A time when he was struggling with sexual awareness, living a somewhat lonely and awkward existence with his mother, and struggling with his relationship with his own father. Those six days had a profound impact on Henry and molded the rest of his life.

     photo laborday2zps842dd608.jpg

    I can honestly say that these three will not be forgotten anytime soon. They have etched themselves into my heart and there they will stay.
    There is a metaphor at the heart of this book, that of the creation of an upper crust for a peach pie and the difficulties encountered when the hands are shaky and the weather is humid. It must be handled delicately and involves a little magic. Such magic is present when a stranger who also happens to be an escaped convict lands in the house of a 13 year old selfdescribed "loser" and his agoraphobic mother, both of whom could use a great deal of help. If the setup sounds a little too facile, the execution really is more complicated. Other reviews have said this is told from the point of view of that 13 year old, but it really is told from the point of view of that boy as an adult. It is a memory piece, not a journal of days. Such qualifiers as "at that time" give this away, making it much more than just a record, but a haunting realization of the power that a positive person can have at a pivotal time in someones life and how the result resonates decades after the fact. The novel is short in length, but is reminiscent of John Irving at his best.
    Very good book..I hope the movie is as well done.... I'm a recent fan of Joyce Maynard and just want to read all of her books now. But I should probably slowly, savor them. For years I have wanted to read this one, but it stayed in my pile. The movie came out, and I never watched it, because I wanted to read the book first. I said I was going to wait to read this one since it was her highest rated GR book. But I'm unpredictable about reads.

    Labor Day tells the story of one long, steamy Labor Day weekend told from the point of view of Henry. It's the story of longing, and wanting to be loved. Henry is 13 and lives with his mother. His parents are divorced and he eats dinner out once a week with his father and his new family. Henry doesn't feel like he belongs. He has no friends, except for his mother. His mother is haunted by her past and almost appears to go through the motions of life, not really living. She is practically a recluse. Until that one fateful day when they go to the store for pants for Henry. This is where they meet Frank, an escaped convict, who is also longing. And immediately, all three of their lives are drastically changed. Especially after that incredible Labor Day weekend that they spend together that seems like a life time. And also, how the smallest consequences can change entire lives of people.

    This was quite the slow, sultry read. A truly lovely story how people can ultimately find that one true love, that knows no bounds. I really enjoyed the story and listened to this one via audio, which was good, but not narrated by Maynard. While I did like this one, I found her book After Her a much more captivating read. I have the movie version ready to watch this weekend. And, I've already grabbed my next Maynard read....maybe I am predictable after all. Fte Du Travail WikipdiaLabor Day WikipediaLabor Day In The United States Time And Date Labor Day Is On The First Monday Of September Every Year It Was Originally Organized To Celebrate Various Labor Unions Strengths Of And Contributions To The United States Economy Is Labor Day A Public Holiday Labor Day Is A Public Holiday It Is A Day Off For The General Population, And Schools And Most Businesses Are Closed Celebrate Labor Day Labor DayFacts, Meaning Founding Labor Day Pays Tribute To The Contributions And Achievements Of American Workers And Is Traditionally Observed On The First Monday In September It Was Created By Labour Day Wikipedia Labour Day Labor Day In The United States Is An Annual Holiday To Celebrate The Achievements Of Workers Labour Day Has Its Origins In The Labour Union Movement, Specifically The Eight Hour Day Movement, Which Advocated Eight Hours For Work, Eight Hours For Recreation, And Eight Hours For Rest Labor Day English French Dictionary WordReference Labor Day N Noun Refers To Person, Place, Thing, Quality, Etc US US National Holiday Fte Amricaine Fte Du Travail Nf Nom Fminin S Utilise Avec Les Articles La, L Devant Une Voyelle Ou Un H Muet , Une Ex Fille Nf On Dira La Fille Ou Une Fille Avec Un Nom Fminin, L Adjectif S Accorde En Gnral, On Ajoute Un E L Adjectif Par Exemple, On Dira Une Petit Labor DayIMDb More Importantly, Labor Day Displays The Under Utilized Message Of The Impact Of Relationships, Even Though The Positive Results Are Revealed Many Years Later The Soundtrack Is Unusual And Haunting, Providing A Surreal Effect On The Entire Productionofpeople Found This Review Helpful Was This Review Helpful To You Report This Traduction Labor Day Franais Dictionnaire Anglais Reverso Labor Day, Transplanted From CivIII, Has Become Known As A Time When Jerry Lewis Conducts His Annual Telethon To Raise Money For Children Who Suffer From Muscular Dystrophy Le Jour De Travail , Transplant De CivIII, Est Devenu Notoire Comme Moment O Jerry Lewis Conduit Son Telethon Annuel Pour Soulever L Argent Pour Les Enfants Qui Souffrent De La Dystrophie Musculaire Traduction Labor Franais Dictionnaire Anglais Reverso N US, Canadian Fte F Du Travail Le Premier Lundi De Septembre Last Days Of Summer FilmAlloCin Last Days Of Summer Est Un Film Ralis Par Jason Reitman Avec Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin Synopsis Lors Du Dernier Week End De L T, Frank, Un Dtenu Vad, Condamn Pour Meurtre"/>
  • ebook
  • 272 pages
  • Labor Day
  • Joyce Maynard
  • English
  • 15 September 2017
  • 9780061957659

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