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Review of ‘Labor Day’

Joyce Maynard’s novels are beloved for their compelling and carefully drawn characters, and this—her sixth—carries on that tradition, with three characters whose lives intersect by happenstance, each one changed irrevocably for the better.

Since 13-year-old Henry’s father left, his only family is his mother, Adele. He feels completely alienated from his father’s new family—his new…

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