With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henryâ€”lonely, friendless, not too good at sportsâ€”spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates.
But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life’s most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting othersâ€”especially those we loveâ€”above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for.
Jason Reitman has taken the director reins and adapted the novel into a feature film. Â Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet have been given the lead roles and the results have been positive so farâ€”with Winslet having been nominated for a Golden Globe.
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In a manner evoking Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boyâ€”and the man he later becomesâ€”looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single long, hot, life-altering weekend.–GoodReads