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Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
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Aug 07, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in August, 2009

I started reading this book at 10 PM and I just could not put it down.
Labor Day is such a family day. It is idylic in American life; it is the last breath of that carefree Summer. Except there is nothing carefree about Henry and his family and Labor Day changes their lives.

A sad adolescent boy and his depressed mother meet a convict at the discount store and take him home with them. What happens in the next few days makes for a great story. These characters are real and the reader "comes of age" with Henry. By the end of the book, I saw many of the characters in a different way and I wanted things to work out for all of them.
I had never read anything by Joyce Maynard before and I want to try some of her other books as well. If you get a chance, don't wait. Read it before Labor Day.
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