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But as we all know, Eden can't last forever. And in the hands of Joyce Carol Oates, who's chronicled just about every variety of familial dysfunction, you know the fall from grace is going to be a doozy. By the time all is said and done, a rape occurs, a daughter is exiled, much alcohol is consumed, and the farm is lost. Even to recount these events in retrospect is a trial for the Mulvaney offspring, one of whom declares: "When I say this is a hard reckoning I mean it's been like squeezing thick drops of blood from my veins." In the hands of a lesser writer, this could be the stuff of a bad television movie. But this is Oates's 26th novel, and by now she knows her material and her craft to perfection. We Were the Mulvaneys is populated with such richly observed and complex characters that we can't help but care about them, even as we wait for disaster to strike them down. --Anita Urquhart
Joyce Carol Oates is a brilliant writer.
By the time I got to the end, I was less concerned with what happened to the characters than I was with just FINALLY finishing the book.
I lost interest in the characters and just didn't care much what happened because I was too bored by the time anything actually did.
This is a story about how many antiques a family owned. They owned so many antiques that paragraphs and paragraphs are written about the antiques they own and describing them in... Read morePublished 17 days ago by J.P. Andrews
While there were areas of the book that seemed a bit too detAiled or slow, the overall tHe of the family and it's path was enjoyble.Published 28 days ago by Paula Mercurio
I picked this up at a yard sale. When I asked the gentleman how much he wanted for it he told me to just take it, no charge. I thought he was being generous. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patti Bennett
Simply one of the best written novels about the fall of a modern family from grace to ruin due to a father's inability to cope with a less-than-perfect image in the eyes of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey Young
This was my first Joyce Carol Oates book. I have read about 7 now. She is terrific.Published 1 month ago by Lynda Shey
Very good book. All about family and messy times and communicating but mostly not communicating. Hear-rending and real.Published 1 month ago by Margaret Austin
I had such a hard time bringing myself to finish this book. It took forever for the author to get past the introductions of characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dachshaus