Thursday, April 17, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

For Joyce Maynard, it was a labor of love to write ‘Labor Day’

It took Joyce Maynard only 10 days to write “Labor Day,” the New York Times best-selling novel that serves as the basis for the movie of the same name that opened Friday.

That kind of speedy production isn’t typical.

“I don’t want people out there, who are trying to write a book, to get the wrong idea. I have been writing for 42 years and they didn’t all come out this way. My new book took two years to write,” Maynard says.

Had you asked Maynard the day before she started writing “Labor Day” — the tale of a reclusive single mom, her 13-year-old son and the man who comes into their lives on one warm Labor Day weekend — she would have had no idea such a story was in her. She woke up one morning with the idea and the book flowed out of her. She didn’t even know how it would end; she just knew it was a story she had to write. She felt like she was taking dictation from the young boy at the heart of her story.

“Labor Day” is one of 15 books written by Maynard. She’s also amassed a huge volume of essays and newspaper columns — often about family and parenting — all written with great candor. She’s been on the staff of The New York Times and wrote the weekly syndicated column “Domestic Affairs,”

This is the second Maynard novel turned into a film. Her 1992 novel, “To Die For,” became the 1995 production starring Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck that was directed by Gus Van Sant. Just like “To Die For,” Maynard opted not to adapt “Labor Day” into a screenplay. That task went to director Jason Reitman.

“Giving up the book for someone else to adapt is like seeing your children go out in the world. It something that has to be done and it would be worse if you didn’t let go,” Maynard says. “I love the way this movie gives a picture of a simpler time when no is always checking their cell phone. It’s an old-fashioned love story.”

She felt confident Reitman would do a good job with the adaptation because of the skill he showed with the Oscar-nominated script for “Up in the Air.” It didn’t hurt that after reading “Labor Day,” Reitman told Maynard that he cried and wanted to learn how to properly make a pie.

The cooking request comes from one of the biggest moments in the book and movie. As Maynard learned from her mother, it’s not the filling and the ingredients that make the desert, it’s the way the dough is handled.

“When I was writing the book, I wanted to give a physical picture of tenderness. There’s nothing more personal than the gift of homemade food,” Maynard says.

When Maynard’s writing, she hears the voices of the characters in her head. They weren’t the same voices as the actors in the movie, but the author has no complaints about having Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin say her words. She’s even more excited about the casting of Gattlin Griffith as the youngster at the middle of the unusual relationship that unfolds.

Maynard was in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Friday when the movie opened, where she has been teaching a workshop for 15 years. She calls the annual visit a “labor of love.”

“I like to help people tell their story. The biggest concern most people have is that they are afraid of what other people will think,” she says. “I tell them everybody should own his or her story. Otherwise, don’t tell the story.”

Mcclatchy-Tribune News Service

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Supervisor candidates square off at forum

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Carli takes oath, now Vacaville’s 14th police chief

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Huge jump in Solano median home price

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Solano DA hosts workshop to fight human trafficking

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Suisun water rates won’t rise this year

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3

Kaiser area head Villalobos to leave for SoCal

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
Donate a car, help build a house

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Fairfield town hall on crime delayed

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4

Railway museum offers wine-tasting rides

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A4

 
Travis trustee takes back blast at radio duo

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4

 
Drugs topic of cardiac class

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A4

Fairfield police log: April 15, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: April 15, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: April 14, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun Police log: April 14, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Weather for April 17, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B12

 
.

US / World

Armed robber was never told to report to prison

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Lost sea lion in California found mile from water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Body of California man who jumped into river found

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Court rules for environmentalists in water fight

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Governor calls special session on rainy day fund

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Seabird from Atlantic spotted on Alcatraz

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Ex-Bell city leader gets 12 years in prison

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
California delays decision on protecting gray wolf

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Pro-Russian insurgents seize armored vehicles

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Denver police eye 911 response time after killing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Man charged with marathon hoax is held on bail

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

.

Opinion

Obamacare news you probably missed

By Martin Schram | From Page: A11

 
In support of Pam Bertani

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: April 17, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
A lesson in household budgeting

By Chris Erskine | From Page: A2

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Disney Channel’s ‘Jessie’ breaks romantic ground

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Daniel Radcliffe on why New York audiences rock

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Alicia Silverstone out with book ‘Kind Mama’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on ‘The View’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Ailing Malcolm Young taking break from AC/DC

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

Crawford’s 41 points leads Warriors over Nuggets

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Vacaville’s Peralta to wrestle at San Francisco State

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

Angels beat A’s 5-4 on Iannetta’s HR in 12th

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
MEL, SCAC tangle in hoops all-star games

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1

Sharks take goalie questions into rematch vs Kings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Sidney Rice agrees to terms with Seahawks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Goodwin helps Suns to 104-99 win over Kings in finale

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
IndyCar driver Saavedra fined $10K

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Sandoval’s single lifts Giants past Dodgers, 2-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Officer: Sharper’s DNA found on 1 Arizona victim

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Spieth ready for more after Masters success

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Backup QB Matt Flynn returns to Packers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal charges

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Google’s 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

.

Obituaries

.

Comics