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Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
In Labor Day, 13-year-old Henry is spending a boring summer in his New Hampshire town. He dreams of the girls at school, and just about his only excursions outside the house are awkward dinners with his father and his new family. Henry's mother is still heartbroken over the divorce and harbors a secret that keeps her housebound every day. Henry convinces her to go shopping for back-to-school clothes just before Labor Day, and he's approached by a bleeding man named Frank who asks for his assistance. Frank is an escaped murderer, but Henry and his mom take him in. He appears to be a gentle man. Henry's mother falls for him, and Frank teaches Henry many things he's never learned from his own father. It's a Labor Day weekend that will change Henry forever. Joyce Maynard's novel has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage saying, "Maynard deftly pulls the reader into the fragile lives of these three vulnerable characters and their preordained march toward the novel's denouement. A marvelous read - perfect for one long sitting - this novel leaves the reader wishing it didn't ever have to end."