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WE WERE THE MULVANEYS
by Joyce Carol Oates

Category: Fiction / Literary
454 pages; ISBN: 0-562-27720-5

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Jeannine Van Eperen

Review

WE WERE THE MULVANEYS
Joyce Carol Oates
454 pages
ISBN: 0-562-27720-5 paperback
ISBN: 0-525-49233-8 hardcover
10/10

The Mulvaneys seemed to be living the American Dream. Mike had a successful roofing company and Corrine ran an Antique Shop out of an outbuilding on their farm, outside of Mt. Ephraim a small city in New York State. They were members of the country club and being put up for membership was one of the proudest and happiest days of Mike’s life. The Mulvaneys had four children. Mike, Jr., recently graduated, had been the star athlete in high school. Patrick was the intellect; Marriane, a cheerleader, one of the most popular girls in school; and Judd was the baby. All their lives started to unravel one spring day when innocent Marianne leaves a party with a popular older boy, and is forced to have sex. The Mulvaneys’ story is told by Judd who tries to make sense of it all.

I seem to have a love-hate relationship with Joyce Carol Oates. I either love her work or hate it. There seems to be no in between for me. In this case, I loved WE WERE THE MULVANEYS. After I got into the book, I had a hard time putting it down. I know as I write this review that the book has been around for a while, but if you haven’t yet read it, I do urge you to obtain a copy and read this engrossing work.

Jeannine Van Eperen, Blether Reviewer

 

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