The Good Daughters

The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard 0061994324 9780061994326
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Maynards inventive coming-of-age tale indelibly captures the anxiety and confusion inherent in adolescence, while the addition of a menacing element of suspense makes this emotionally fraught journey that much more harrowing.|Maynard offers fresh insight into what constitutes family.|THE GOOD DAUGHTERS, weaves a story of choices and events so intimate I felt I was part of it. The novel is wrenching, the emotions radiant, and will leave readers transformed|[Maynard] weav(es) a knotty tale of family secrets, told in the alternating voices of her likable main characters.|vividly rendered|“Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form with <i>Labor Day</i>. From the perfect pitch of a teenaged boy narrator to the eloquent message of how loneliness can bind people together, this is simply a novel you cannot miss.”|Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks.|Exquisite . . . . [A] beautifully written book.|Maynard is a clever storyteller...|Beautifully written|The novel is an extended meditation on the nature of love, grief and loneliness.... Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks.|Powerful|It is a testament to Maynards skill that she makes this ominous setup into a convincing and poignant coming-of-age tale.|unexpected and heartbreaking arguably [Maynard s] best work yet.|Absorbing.|Maynard expertly tugs heartstrings in a tidy tale.|[The] story is moving and fast-moving, affirming Maynards reputation as a master storyteller and showing her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart....Maynard illuminates the human experience.|a haunting and hopeful story|Maynard spins a fascinating story of damaged people seeking the one thing they long for - love.|But apart from being a successful thriller, this book is a fascinating portrait of what causes a family to founder, and how much it can cost to put it back on the right path.|A sometimes painful tale, but captivating and surprisingly moving.|Unique and chilling.|I am hard pressed to think of anything I ve read that more honestly and eloquently expresses both the perils and the pleasures of love. Joyce Maynard has outdone herself in this beautifully written story you ll find hard to put down, and impossible to forget.|an impressive writer--with a fine sense of time, of place, of humor.|Maynard deftly pulls the reader into the fragile lives of these three vulnerable characters and their preordained march toward the novels denouement. A marvelous read--perfect for one long sitting--this novel leaves the reader wishing it didnt ever have to end.|Maynard gets inside the head of an adolescent boy who is grappling with his own identity and the mysteries of sex (while revealing the secrets of making perfect pie crust).|An evocative story . . . [Maynard] consistently brings emotional authenticity to the long arc of her characters lives and to the joy and loss they experience. A profoundly moving chronicle of the primacy of family connection.|Maynard s spare prose packs a rich emotional punch...a can t put-it-down mystery.|“<i>Labor Day</i> is suffused with tenderness, dreaminess and love....first and foremost a page-turner...[it] puts back together the world that it destroys....you definitely need to get a box of tissues.”|Maynard is in top form in this tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness.|Labor Day is a startling novel of love, friendship, trust, treachery, betrayal, and the deep lessons that we learn in life.... Its a powerful, poignant mix in the hands of author Joyce Maynard and a novel no one should miss.|Riveting and disturbing.|Rich and realistic . . . touching.|“<i>The Good Daughters</i> shows Maynard’s strengths once again—particularly in vivid descriptions of farm life, geographies, and relationships of all kinds. Passions and psychological changes in a character over time ring most true.”|Maynard details Henrys roller-coaster emotions for Frank - he is both jealous and grateful - and his mothers emotional journeys - with skill and tenderness for the uncertain willingness of broken hearts to mend. The poignant results are revealing of our ability to forgive and to grow.|surprisingly moving|Labor Day is both a coming-of-age story and a love story- a tale of profound loss, redemption and soul searching that is not to be missed.|In addition to being a beautiful and engaging story, Maynard deftly captures Dana s struggle to come to terms with her sexuality in the midst of her family s instability. And her relationship with Clarice is one of the strongest in the novel. Highly recommended.

Author: Joyce Maynard

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 278

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Publication Date: 2011-08-23


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