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Joyce Maynard

Biography

Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story, “An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life”, in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in over 50 papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and national magazines, including Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, MORE, Salon and many more. Her essays have been widely published in collections and featured in The New York Times. As a fiction writer, she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.

Maynard is the author of numerous books, including the novel TO DIE FOR and the bestselling memoir AT HOME IN THE WORLD --- translated into 12 languages. Her novel, LABOR DAY, became a motion picture in theaters January 2014, adapted and directed by Jason Reitman, and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

The mother of three grown children, Maynard has taught at writing programs around the country, and runs workshops in both fiction and memoir at her home in Oakland, California. She also runs workshops at other sites in the US and internationally, including the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala, which she founded in 2002. She performs as a storyteller with The Moth in New York City and with Porchlight in San Francisco.

Joyce got married in June 2013, after 25 years as a single person.  Read an article she wrote about her love story here.

Joyce Maynard

Books by Joyce Maynard

by Joyce Maynard - Fiction

Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet taking portraits of school children and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. When she meets wealthy philanthropists Ava and Swift Havilland, the vulnerable Helen is instantly enchanted. As she increasingly falls under their influence, Ava and Swift hold out the most seductive gift: their influence and help to regain custody of her son. But the debt Helen owes them is about to come due.

by Joyce Maynard - Fiction

Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County, California, in the late 1970s, AFTER HER is a poignant, suspenseful and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl's first explorations of sexuality, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave.