What better book to give away this week than Labor Day, by Joyce Maynard?
When it came out in August of 2009, BookPage called Maynard’s sixth novel “a marvelous read—perfect for one long sitting” (perhaps over a long Labor Day weekend?).
Here’s a summary of the novel, from our August 2010 Book Clubs column:
Henry is a 13-year-old loner who doesn’t venture far from the home he shares with his divorced mother, Adele. A fragile and introverted woman, Adele—like her son—tends to keep to herself. But their lives take an unexpected turn after a bleeding man named Frank asks Henry for help in a store. Frank—an escaped convict—holds mother and son hostage at their house over Labor Day weekend. Aggressive yet tender, he ties Adele to a chair but makes sure she’s fed, and he coaches the hopelessly clumsy Henry in baseball. When Adele and Frank find themselves falling in love, Henry struggles with feelings of jealousy. Scared of being abandoned, he’s forced to grow up fast as Labor Day approaches. At once beautiful and disturbing, this remarkable novel—Maynard’s sixth—is a moving read.
This coming-of-age story has been compared to Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Nick Hornby’s About a Boy. We think it would make a perfect read for a fall day—and of course a great pick for your book club.
We are giving away two copies of Labor Day—brand-new paperbacks from Harper Perennial. To enter, leave a comment telling us: What is your favorite coming-of-age book (novel, memoir, etc.)?