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We Were the Mulvaneys
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A happy family, the Mulvaneys. After decades of marriage, Mom and Dad are still in love--and the proud parents of a brood of youngsters that includes a star athlete, a class valedictorian, and a popular cheerleader. Home is an idyllic place called High Point Farm. And the bonds of attachment within this all-American clan do seem both deep and unconditional: "Mom paused again, drawing in her breath sharply, her eyes suffused with a special lustre, gazing upon her family one by one, with what crazy unbounded love she gazed upon us, and at such a moment my heart would contract as if this woman who was my mother had slipped her fingers inside my rib cage to contain it, as you might hold a wild, thrashing bird to comfort it."
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 UrquhartAbout the Author:
Joyce Carol Oates is a novelist, critic, playwright, poet and author of short stories and is one of America's most highly respected literary figures. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. Her most recent novel, `The Gravedigger's Daughter', was published in 2007.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. A masterful novel about a violent crime and its reverberations throughout a community - as timely and relevant in 2019 as it was when first published in 2001 'We were the Mulvaneys, remember us? For a long time you envied us, then you pitied us. For a long time you admired us, then you thought Good! that's what they deserve.' The Mulvaneys of High Point Farm are blessed. But then, on Valentine's Day 1976, something happens to Marianne, the pretty sixteen-year-old daughter, and nothing will ever be the same again . . Seller Inventory # AA89781841156996
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