Lorsque Eleanor, jeune artiste à succès, achète une maison dans la campagne du New Hampshire, elle cherche à oublier un passé difficile. Sa rencontre avec un homme séduisant lui ouvre un nouvel univers, animé par la venue de trois enfants. Très tôt laissée à elle-même par des parents indifférents, elle semble prête à tous les sacrifices pour ses enfants. Cette vie au coeur de la nature, tissée de fantaisie et d'imagination, lui offre des joies inespérées. Mais tout ce bonheur se fracasse le jour où survient un terrible accident... L'histoire bouleversante d'une famille sur cinq décennies. Grand Prix de Littérature américaine 2021.
Été 1979, Californie du Nord. Rachel, treize ans, et sa soeur Patty, onze ans, sont les témoins privilégiés de la traque de l'Étrangleur, responsable des meurtres de quinze jeunes femmes. Trente ans plus tard, Rachel, devenue une célèbre romancière, raconte cette quête sans succès. Depuis lors, elle s'est donné pour mission de retrouver cet homme...
Joyce Maynard, l'auteur du superbe roman Les Filles de l'ouragan, est de retour avec une fiction étonnante à mi-chemin entre le récit d'apprentissage et le suspense. Haletante et subtile, une ode magnifique à l'imagination, la liberté et l'amour fraternel.
In her most ambitious novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard takes on the story of a family from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and its costly aftermath--to illuminate how the mistakes of parents are passed down through generations to fester, or to be healed. After falling in love in the last years of the 1970s, Eleanor and Cam follow their dream of raising three children on a New Hampshire farm. Theirs is a seemingly idyllic life of summer softball games and Labor Day cookouts, snow days and skating on the pond. But when a tragic accident permanently injures the family''s youngest child, Eleanor blames Cam. Her inability to forgive him leads to a devastating betrayal: an affair with the family babysitter that brings about the end of their marriage. Over the decades that follow, the five members of this fractured family--and the many others who make up their world--make surprising discoveries and decisions that occasionally bring them together, and often tear them apart. As we follow the family from the days of illegal abortion and the draft through the early computer age, the Challenger explosion, the AIDS epidemic, the early awakenings of the #MeToo era, and beyond?through the gender transition of one of the children and another''s choice to cease communication with her mother?we witness a family forced to confront essential, painful truths of its past, and find redemption in the face of unanticipated disaster. With endearingly flawed characters and a keen eye for detail, Joyce Maynard transforms the territory she knows best--home, family, parenthood, love, and loss--into the stuff of a page-turning thriller. In this achingly beautiful novel, she reminds us how great sorrow and great joy may coexist--and frequently do.
Summer, 1979. A hot, Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister Patty--the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome detective father and the mother whose heart he broke. Left to their own devices, the sisters spend their days studying record jackets, concocting elaborate fantasies about a mysterious neighbor, and playing dangerous games on the mountain that looms behind their house. When young women start turning up dead on the mountain, the girls' father is put in charge of finding the murderer. Watching her father's life slowly unravel as months pass and more women are killed, Rachel embarks on her most dangerous game yet . . . using herself as bait to catch the killer. But, rather than cracking the case, the consequences of Rachel's actions will destroy her father's career and alter forever the lives of everyone she loves. Thirty years later, still haunted by the belief that the killer remains at large, Rachel constructs a new strategy to smoke out the Sunset Strangler and vindicate her father--a plan that unexpectedly unearths a long-buried family secret.
"Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form with Labor Day . Simply a novel you cannot miss." --Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Keeping Faith "Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks." -- St. Petersburg Times Joyce Maynard, acclaimed author of At Home in the World, is back with Labor Day. The unforgettable story of a mother and son forever changed during a long summer weekend when a mysterious man comes into their lives. Labor Day is "a sexy, page turning, poignant story" (Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World ) that "affirms Maynard's reputation as a master storyteller and shows her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart" ( People)
"Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form with Labor Day . Simply a novel you cannot miss." --Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister''s Keeper and Keeping Faith "Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks." -- St. Petersburg Times Joyce Maynard, acclaimed author of At Home in the World, is back with Labor Day. The unforgettable story of a mother and son forever changed during a long summer weekend when a mysterious man comes into their lives. Labor Day is "a sexy, page turning, poignant story" (Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World ) that "affirms Maynard''s reputation as a master storyteller and shows her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart" ( People)
"A story of choices and events so intimate I felt I was part of it. The novel is wrenching, the emotions radiant, and it will leave readers transformed" --Luanne Rice, author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners "Joyce Maynard has outdone herself in this beautifully written story you''ll find hard to put down and impossible to forget." -- Elizabeth Berg, author of The Last Time I Saw You Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Labor Day, Joyce Maynard now brings us The Good Daughters, a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange, unexpected twists of fate that shape our lives. The story of two women born the same day in the same hospital, but raised in vastly different emotional environments, The Good Daughters is another high note in Maynard''s already distinguished writing career.
From the author of To Die For comes this poignant, stirring, and occasionally hilarious story of a woman's attempt to remake her life after a searing divorce. Maynard's novel captures love as one approaches middle age in contemporary America.