Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard
Joyce Maynard

A native of New Hampshire, Joyce Maynard began publishing her stories in magazines when she was thirteen years old. She first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story in 1972, “An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life,” when she was a freshman at Yale University.

Maynard is the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestselling novels Labor Day and To Die For (both adapted for film) and the memoirs At Home in the World and The Best of Us, among others.

Her latest novel, Count the Ways—the story of a marriage and a divorce and the children who survived it, was published by William Morrow in July 2021 and was recently awarded the Grand Prix Litteraire Americaine in France. She is currently at work on a sequel to Count the Ways.

Maynard is a fellow of MacDowell and Yaddo. She is the founder of Write by the Lake, a week-long workshop on the art and craft of memoir held every year since 2001 at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.


selected bibliography

Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard
Count the Ways (2021)
Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard
Under the Influence (2016)
At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard
At Home in the World (1998)
To Die For by Joyce Maynard
To Die For (1992)

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online resources

Joyce Maynard’s website
“Maynard Is at Home in Her World,” Elle, June 24, 2021
“Maynard’s Second Chances,” the New Yorker, February 8, 2019
“Labor of Love: Author Discusses the Film Adaptation of ther novel Labor Day,” RogerEbert.com, January 31, 2014

Video: Maynard on Book Passage TV