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Published by Plume .
Written in English


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Oprah"s Book Club

SeriesOprah"s Book Club (39)
The Physical Object
Number of Pages464
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7590945M
ISBN 100452277205
ISBN 109780452282827

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In addition to many prize-winning and bestselling novels, including We Were the Mulvaneys, A Book of American Martyrs, Black Water, Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, and Broke Heart Blues, Joyce Carol Oates is the author of a number of works of gothic fiction including Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque, a World Fantasy Award nominee; and Zombie, winner of the Bram Stoker Award /5().   We Were the Mulvaneys is at once a richly textured novel of family life and love (including the abiding love of animals) and a profound discourse on the themes of free will, evolution, gender, class, spirituality, forgiveness and the nature and purpose of guilt. A master of her craft, Oates weaves a seamless web in which ideas blend perfectly with plot.   In addition to many prize-winning and bestselling novels, including We Were the Mulvaneys, A Book of American Martyrs, Black Water, Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, and Broke Heart Blues, Joyce Carol Oates is the author of a number of works of gothic fiction including Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque, a World Fantasy Award nominee; and Zombie, winner of the Bram Stoker Award /5(). About We Were the Mulvaneys. An Oprah Book Club® selection A New York Times Notable Book The Mulvaneys are blessed by all that makes life sweet. But something happens on Valentine’s Day, —an incident that is hushed up in the town and never spoken of in the Mulvaney home—that rends the fabric of their family life with tragic consequences.

Dreiser would have understood and approved the passion and power of We Were the Mulvaneys. This wrenching saga, set in the fictional upstate New York town of Mount Ephraim, is one of the protean Oates's most skillful dramatizations of family unhappiness: A big, involving novel on a par with such successes as Them (), Bellefleur (), and What I Lived For . We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates is a novel about the tenuous grasp on happiness of one American family. A young girl is raped by a high school acquaintance in a very small town, and the fallout affects the lives of everyone in her immediate family. It is a snapshot of the darker side of family life in the modern world. We Were the Mulvaneys is a long, sad book, full of humor and heartbreak, and it's definitely worth a read. If you ask me, this isn't a novel to be taken quickly. I think you'd enjoy it more reading a little bit at a time, maybe even between other books, than /5(). We Were the Mulvaneys is at once a rich textured novel of family life and love (including the abiding love of animals) and a profound discourse on themes of free will, evolution, gender, class, spirituality, forgiveness, and the nature and purpose of guilt. A master of her craft, Oates weaves a seamless web in which ideas blend perfectly with plot.

we were the mulvaneys User Review - Kirkus This wrenching saga, set in the fictional upstate New York town of Mount Ephraim, is one of the protean Oates's most skillful dramatizations of 4/5(6). Joyce Carol Oates’s We Were the Mulvaneys is a literary fiction novel about a seemingly perfect family. Their apparent happiness proves fragile when a . Elegiac and urgent in tone, Oates's wrenching 26th novel (after Zombie) is a profound and darkly realistic chronicle of one family's hubristic heyday and its fall from grace. The wealthy, socially elite Mulvaneys live on historic High Point Farm, near the small upstate town of Mt. Ephraim, N.Y. A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors.