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Publisher Description

An Oprah Book Club® selection

A New York Times Notable Book


The Mulvaneys are blessed by all that makes life sweet. 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...with tragic consequences. Years later, the youngest son attempts to piece together the fragments of the Mulvaneys’ former glory, seeking to uncover and understand the secret violation that brought about the family’s tragic downfall.

Profoundly cathartic, this extraordinary novel unfolds as if Oates, in plumbing the darkness of the human spirit, has come upon a source of light at its core. Moving away from the dark tone of her more recent masterpieces, Joyce Carol Oates turns the tale of a family struggling to cope with its fall from grace into a deeply moving and unforgettable account of the vigor of hope and the power of love to prevail over suffering.

“It’s the novel closest to my heart....I’m deeply moved that Oprah Winfrey has selected this novel for Oprah’s Book Club, a family novel presented to Oprah’s vast American family.”—Joyce Carol Oates

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2001
January 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
464
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

hakimtyree ,

Great Read

This book was very suspenseful. I kept wondering what was to follow. I am a 21 yr old man and it made me tear. A very good read readers!

TheBomberCat ,

Help Me

I want to die.

Idratherbereading ,

We Were the Mulvaneys

The story seem to unravel about midway through the book. I didn't feel like the author even knew where the story was headed at times. Upon finishing the book, I felt a little cheated.

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