Synopses & Reviews
In We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates--one of the great figures in modern American fiction--explores a crisis in the life of a seemingly perfect American family...and the devastating consequences that follow. Get the most out of this enthralling novel with the help of this informative, illuminating Reader's Companion:
- Why do Marianne's parents banish her after she's raped?
- What have the Mulvaneys lost at the end of the novel? What have they gained?
- Why does Joyce Carol Oates consider We Were the Mulvaneys the novel closest to her heart?
The story of the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of one American family, from one of America's most highly respected writers, which provides a fitting follow-up to the widely acclaimed "Blonde". This title was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club Selection, and will be heavily reviewed. "Novelists such as John Updike, Philip Roth, Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer slug it out for the title of the Great American Novelist. But maybe they're wrong. Maybe, just maybe, the great American novelist is a woman." "The Herald", in a review of "Blonde".