Labor Day As romantic fantasies go, the premise of Joyce Maynard's new novel, Labor Day is a doozy: It's the Thursday before Labor Day in 1987, and… Labor Day As romantic fantasies go, the premise of Joyce Maynard's new novel, Labor Day is a doozy: It's the Thursday before Labor Day in 1987, and… 2009-07-28 Fiction Romance William Morrow
Book Review

Labor Day (2009)

Labor Day | Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 28, 2009; Writer: Joyce Maynard; Genres: Fiction, Romance; Publisher: William Morrow

As romantic fantasies go, the premise of Joyce Maynard's new novel, Labor Day is a doozy: It's the Thursday before Labor Day in 1987, and 13-year-old Henry has lured his reclusive single mom out of the house for a trip to Pricemart. There they meet a guy named Frank who cajoles them into giving him a ride. He turns out to be an all-around fix-it guy, adept at baking pies and teaching baseball. He's also an escapee from a nearby prison, the subject of a big manhunt, and just what Henry's mom needs after years of postdivorce isolation. Labor Day works — despite its implausible Lifetime plot — by smartly focusing on the blinkered and somewhat naive perspective of Henry. B

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Originally posted Jul 28, 2009 Published in issue #1059 Aug 07, 2009 Order article reprints
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