ONLINE: Joyce Maynard - "Count the Ways" in conversation w/ Meredith Hall

Event date: 
07/13/2021 - 7:00pm

Joyce Maynard, author of After Her and Labor Day, presents Count the Ways. A story of holding on and learning to let go, Count the Ways is an achingly beautiful, poignant, and deeply compassionate novel of home, parenthood, love, and forgiveness. Joyce will be in conversation with Meredith Hall, author of Beneficence.


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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.



Joyce Maynard is the author of nine previous novels and five books of nonfiction, as well as the beloved syndicated column, “Domestic Affairs.” Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into sixteen languages. Her novels To Die For and Labor Day have both been adapted for film. Having returned to undergraduate studies at Yale after a forty-eight-year hiatus, Maynard currently makes her home in New Haven, Connecticut.



Meredith Hall’s memoir Without a Map is a classic of the genre and a New York Times bestseller. It was named Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and BookSense, as well as Elle’s “Readers’ Pick of the Year.” Her work has appeared in Five Points, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The New York Times, and many others. Hall divides her time between Maine and California.


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Count the Ways: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062398277
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Published: William Morrow - July 13th, 2021

At Home in the World: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250046444
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Published: Picador - September 3rd, 2013

Labor Day: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061843419
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2010

To Die for Cover Image
ISBN: 9781497643826
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Published: Open Road Media - May 20th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781567926699
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - October 20th, 2020

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ISBN: 9781567927092
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - September 14th, 2021

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