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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
One of the best books that i've read lately. This is not a fast read, but it is worth the time you spend reading it.Published 1 month ago by southern belle
Thank goodness it had a warm ending...........so many devastating happenings to each member of the family....the treatment of the daughter was extremely harsh.Published 2 months ago by Carol B
This is a beautifully crafted book with wonderful writing and heartbreaking characterization. The conclusion is anticlimactic, a strange ending to a book that is otherwise a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by totem
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 5 months 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 6 months ago by Paula Mercurio