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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40,861 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: J. Todd Adams Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2001 ISBN: 9781598871142
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The Mulvaneys are blessed by all that makes life sweet—a hardworking father, a loving mother, three fine sons, and a bright, pretty daughter. They are confident in their love for each other and their position in the rural community of Mt. Ephraim, New York. But something happens on Valentine’s Day, 1976—an incident that is hushed up in the town and never spoken of in the Mulvaney home—that rends the fabric of their family life.

As the years pass the secrets they keep from each other threaten to destroy them, but ultimately they bridge the chasms between them, and reunite in the spirit of love and healing. Rarely has such an acclaimed writer made such a startling and inspiring statement about the value of hope and compassion.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 2/14/2014

    " Although this book had (a few) moments of beauty and clarity, it was a chore to read and an achievement to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbigail | 2/5/2014

    " I love her writing style. This book was good but also very heart wrenching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby Beene | 2/4/2014

    " Really well written. Something to sink your teeth into. And discuss. How could this have been avoided? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 1/29/2014

    " This book was too long and wrapped up wayyy too easily at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becki | 1/28/2014

    " didn't care much for this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Glaser | 1/19/2014

    " Finished reading this novel the day our son was born --- I laughed and cried! A page turner; we all know folks from this family!! ENJOY! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven Felicelli | 12/19/2013

    " instead of writing 1200 books, she should try to write one good one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 12/12/2013

    " It took me forever to read this book. It is overly descriptive and there were no satisfying endings to the plot or subplots. None of the characters were very likeable except maybe the animals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bria | 11/6/2013

    " I loved her depiction of difficult family life with all its pain and beauty. Glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elhara | 11/6/2013

    " Not overly memorable but I still recommend it. Good characters each presenting a host of, often very different feelings, each interesting and truthful in their own way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Sigler | 11/1/2013

    " Another book that will never leave you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois Molina | 5/28/2013

    " I felt the book needed to push more in ways of dramatics. the big reveal felt like a dud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Graubard | 4/8/2013

    " My favorite book of all time. Read it now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina Bergherm | 11/27/2012

    " A tragic story of the perfect family and how their lives change drastically by one event. Very moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shyam P. | 10/18/2012

    " This is a good readf as all tje books by Otes are. I would recommend tis book for evryone. nShyam "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Treasa | 7/5/2012

    " Being a fan of Oates's short stories, it's a stretch to do a 454 pg novel. But Oates is classic Oates, she never lets me down. She is my absolute favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 5/2/2012

    " Really good book in my opinion. It is about the downfall of a prominent family after something terrible happens to a family member. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 8/7/2011

    " Interesting read. Lots of plot twist and turns, great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 + Dragonfly+ | 6/30/2011

    " What a shocking book starts out with a happy family and what can happen when life steps in and chances everyone and everything! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/18/2011

    " A heavy drama, but something that was really profound for me. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/16/2011

    " Heartbreaking story. I becamne so involved in this book - read it a couple of days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/14/2011

    " First novel I read by this author. I'm hooked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 5/11/2011

    " I found this book hard going. It was not upbeat and the family was weird and dysfunctional. It would be a good book club book though because I think it could spark a lot of discussion. Since I'm not currently in a book club, I'm glad I'm done with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 5/6/2011

    " JCO takes us on a journey about the costs of keeping secrets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/6/2011

    " This book is beautifully written with strong characters but I really didn't like that the characters didn't seem to change/develop with time. The writing frequently made up for it, but what seemed like it would be a great family epic drama fell a little flat for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/5/2011

    " Who doesn't love an Oprah Book Club book! Joyce Carol Oates has over 70 publications, which is intimidating when trying to pick which of hers to read first. This is a great choice for a newbie! After Steinbeck and Sedaris, she is my favorite author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 4/25/2011

    " This was a great epic novel. I loved the Mulvananey family! This novel took me through an entire range of emotions. I was happy for the family, sad and sometimes mad at the characters. I highly recommend this read. Thanks Mary Beth! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 4/24/2011

    " I've read other books by Oates too. Completely unmemorable; don't get why people think she is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/21/2011

    " Very well written, but left me feeling sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/17/2011

    " Sad but a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 4/17/2011

    " I did not like this. A real downer. A 16 year old gets date raped. This destroys her family. The "happy ending" was unrealistic. Yuck! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 4/8/2011

    " I read this book last month. I thought it was very good. I am enjoying reading more books by this author. No two books are the same. She is a very talented writer. One of america's best. This story is about a family trying to deal with a tragedy. "

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About the Author
Author Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger, and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.