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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.
A careful and sensitive portrayal of what family life is often about in the face of social expectations.Published 27 days ago by Diti Hill
This is a popular book, I have seen it everywhere. It's been made into a movie as well. A good read.Published 1 month ago by HiMe
I loved Oates ability to create complete characters so fully realized that you feel you are part of their daily lives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dana Dolan
This was the first time I had read Joyce Carol Oates. Although her written word is eloquent, I found the story line to be unrealistic and predictable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by artgurl
There’s a hint in the title of the book, “We Were the Mulvaneys,” and it weighs on you as you read the story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by WritingKim
Too wordy and poorly written. Not well written. Confusing format. Annoing to read. That is all I can say. TerriblePublished 4 months ago by suzanne moros
The story line was great but the book went on and on. I just thought it was to long. I did want to know what happened and how it all turned out, but over all I still have many... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Debbi
Shows the slow annd heartbreaking demise of a solid, hard-working family.
You never know what tomorrow will bring. Very relateable.