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We Were the Mulvaneys (1996)

de Joyce Carol Oates

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A family of six disintegrates after a daughter is raped by a high-school student. It happens to the wealthy Mulvaneys in upstate New York. The disgrace--there is some question if it was rape--sends the father to drink and financial ruin, the girl leaves home, the others follow. By the author of What I Lived For.… (mais)
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A bit disappointed. This was my first JCO read, and I expected more, ESPECIALLY not the Hallmark ending. She started out strong with character development and a good setting but things went south toward the end. She could have used a stricter editor. The book was too long. ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
It's the perfect title for this novel. There's a pain of loss in it, and that captures the novel's dominant sentiment. It was both refreshing and heartbreaking to read about the Mulvaney family, a family that loves to laugh, the kind of family you'd like to have as your own. Heartbreaking for the tragedy that befalls them and unearths their fragility, their inexperience at grappling with something on this scale, and what it does to them.

It's a story about mistakenly believing normality can be restored without effort, about how religion both heals and harms, about powerlessness and blame and responsibility. Most importantly, this novel (set in 1976) brilliantly expresses the argument for everything we are fighting to have happen today when these circumstances arise, and why we have fought for it. The primary counterargument at the time would have been, what happens to the Mulvaneys would have happened to the whole town. But a burden shared among many eases the burden for all, and pulling together is not the same as pulling apart. That goes for families, too. ( )
  Cecrow | Nov 7, 2023 |
This was my first book by the author Joyce Carol Oates, and while the story was good and the writing was good, the book is entirely too long with way to much detail. If this had been 150 pages less, the book would have been 5 stars.
The story is about the disintegration of A family- the Mulvaney’s- mostly as a result of a date rape of the daughter on the daughter.
The Mulvaney’s unfortunately are not the most likable family even though they thing they are. The only character you have any sympathy for is the daughter but because the parents are such a mess, she is a disaster until the end of the book.
The mother is flighty and puts everything “in gods hands”
Dad turns into a distant mean raving alcoholic,
And the two oldest sons completely disappear from from the family.
Not a cheery story. ( )
  zmagic69 | Mar 31, 2023 |
A delightful immersion. ( )
  WiserWisegirl | Dec 2, 2022 |
A delightful immersion. ( )
  WiserWisegirl | Dec 2, 2022 |
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In her gracefully sprawling new novel, Joyce Carol Oates delivers a modern family tragedy with a theme as painfully primal as “Oedipus Rex.”
adicionado por prosperosbook | editarSalon, David Futrelle (Sep 27, 1996)
 
What keeps us coming back to Oates Country is something stronger and spookier: her uncanny gift of making the page a window, with something happening on the other side that we'd swear was life itself.
adicionado por prosperosbook | editarNew York Times, David Gates (Sep 15, 1996)
 
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I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

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We were the Mulvaneys, remember us?
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ISBN 0393064778 belongs to The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
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A family of six disintegrates after a daughter is raped by a high-school student. It happens to the wealthy Mulvaneys in upstate New York. The disgrace--there is some question if it was rape--sends the father to drink and financial ruin, the girl leaves home, the others follow. By the author of What I Lived For.

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