Labor Day - P.S. Author:Joyce Maynard 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 th... more »e 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.« less
This is a truly engrossing novel, one which I was at pains to put down. The characters are not just compelling - but the kind that make you want to seek them out. You want to see them in the world, and find them in their quiet moments. The story starts out seemingly the way many others have, the story of a failed marriage, a disappointed woman, a philandering man, and the child who suffers at the hands of their failure. But the story quickly evolves into something quite different, and you can't wait to find out what happens to these people.
This is a seriously creepy book, which seems to suggest that the cure for deep depression, agoraphobia, and early-pubertal ennui is to pick up an escaped convict at the local WalMart and take him home for a long weekend of passionate sex before the cops come and take him away. Ick. Just ick.
This is a lovely book with a trio of characters that will eventually lodge in your heart. The words "if only" kept recurring to me as the book progressed, especially when my initial suspicion of the escaped convict changed to respect. I loved the gentle ending, which I read through my tears. I will remember the message conveyed in this book, and surely that is the reason we read.
I could hardly put this book down! At the end of chapter 2, a divorced mother and her young son have picked up a bleeding man at the store and are taking him home with them. The story just gets better and better. This book made me laugh and made me cry and above all, shows the power of love and how important it is to pay attention to your children.
Sometimes I find it difficult to understand why so many people request a pallid book like this. I have put off writing comments hoping that something would gel that would make it easier to write. Nothing did so here are my thoughts.
This is not a memorable book nor worth putting on one's WL unless one is a fan of this author. In many spots it's not only slow but just plain plodding. The story line is ok but many books have chosen the same plot so choose your read based on authors you enjoy.
I believe the entire reason I made it past page 100 to the end was so I could write a poor review. There is not one person in this book to root for, the writing in my opinion is not unique, nor the storyline. I have read better "sad-sack" stories in the past and really after this one, will try to stay away from these types of books. I am not sure that I can truly articulate the despair in this book and the fact that the despair is transferred to the reader.
This was a truly original novel about a young teenage boy living with his reclusive, divorced mother and their chance encounter one Labor Day weekend with a man named Frank Chambers. They form an idyllic family unit that fulfills Henry's need for mentoring and Adele's need for love and romance. As this tender story unfolds, the reader learns the painful reasons behind Adele's strange behavior as well as Frank's story. Labor Day weekend comes to an end, but its effects are everlasting.