Months ago, my grandmother sent me a recommendation for this book, with a note that it was the first good book she'd read in a while. Feeling in a bit of a book rut myself, I picked it up from my local bookstore (couldn't even wait to get it from the library!), and dug in.
Maynard's sixth book follows the story of a young man, Henry, who runs into a stranger while running errands, and inexplicably invites him to go home with him and his mother. Henry and his mother generally lead a solitary life; she has become somewhat of a hermit, and Henry is picked on at school. The stranger gives their Labor Day weekend a dash of the extraordinary, although it is said that all good things must end.
This novel is a wonderful read, quick but soulful. Maynard imbues her characters with heart and they pop right off the page. As the holiday is quickly approaching, I definitely recommend picking this book up to read by the pool!