Book Reviews of Missing Mom

Missing Mom
Missing Mom
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN-13: 9780060816216
ISBN-10: 006081621X
Publication Date: 10/1/2005
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Ecco
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
I loved this book. If you have lost someone that is very close to you, this book will ring especially true. This is my favorite Oates book that I have read so far.
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Helpful Score: 5
Good book, but also very sad.
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Helpful Score: 5
If you have a Mom, this book is for you. If you love her, hate her, miss her or still have her, read Missing Mom. You'll get a new appreciation for the steadfastness of motherhood, the beauty of all those simple things are mothers do for us. I don't think I'll ever forget this wonderful book.

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Helpful Score: 4
This book was a little hard to get into at first. But tells the story of Nikki Eaton and her life trying to get over the tragic death of her mother. How she gets over this death and realizes what is important in life. You get to see Nikki morph into a beautiful butterfly, who is still growing when you finish the book. Joyce Carol Oates did a tremendous story in this book and her characters are so alive and realistic. A wonderful read that will stay with you long after you've finished the book.
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Helpful Score: 4
A rather odd book. I kept on reading it hoping it would get better. It took me a long time to read it only because it was not riveting.
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Helpful Score: 4
A hauntingly beautiful book that explores the never-ending bond between mothers and daughters, a bond that survives beyond the grave.
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Helpful Score: 4
First Joyce Carol Oates book I've read, and I liked it, but wasn't crazy about it. Well written, and wonderfully developed characters, but a little slow for me.
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Helpful Score: 3
I've always loved Joyce Carol Oates, and chose this book of hers to read for its title, and its cover. What I expected and hoped for was a story about a mom, say a mom of twin toddlers, who runs away on a fabulous adventure, is missed by all, and returns triumphant. But this story is about a 31 year old single woman named Nikki Eaton who is too busy living her own life to be bothered with her mother's, and then her mother is dead and Nikki suffers debilitating guilt for a year. So that was jarring.

Oates does such a beautiful job on the character of the mother Gwen Eaton, I actually grieved for her. I also enjoyed the bitchy bossy older sister Clare, whose marriage and children and luxurious home made Nikki feel small in comparison; and the sisters' complicated relationship and constant sparring was so lifelike.

My only real problem with the book was the main character Nikki. I just didn't get how she was perceived... Oates seemed to be stressing Nikki's sexiness, but the way she described her fashion-sense, I just kept cringing for her (braless in t-shirts, platform translucent glitter shoes, skin tight white mini skirt!). I have to be honest and admit I kept picturing her in big round purple Joyce Carol Oates spectacles, eek.
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Helpful Score: 3
WOW- this novel (true to Oates) was incredible. I could not put it down
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Helpful Score: 2
Though being hard to get into at first, Missing Mom turned out to be an enjoyable read. Joyce Caol Oates developes Nikki in such a way that you follow her on a metamophasis of sorts following the tragic death of her mother. In the beginning you learn of their mother and all of her quirky little traits that any pair of daughters would point out..... then toward the end you learn of a different mother that once was. It was a humble story and made me giggle in parts, think of my own mother and giggle again.
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Helpful Score: 2
For women who have lost their mothers, this book will often bring them great connections to the author's observations. I enjoyed the book immensely.
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Helpful Score: 1
To be honest, I was disappointed in this book. I thought it was going to include ways to cope with the death of a parent. In this situation the Mom is murdered, which brought in a whole different set of feelings. Once I realized it was not a natural death, I had to shift my focus.
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This book blew me away. I have somehow never read anything by this famous author, and Missing Mom was my first introduction. Well worth reading!
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This book was well written with excellent visual imagery. The subject matter is painful but it is a poignant story of a woman discovering herself as she sifts through her loss.
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tyipal joyce carol oates...very good!!
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I don't know why this didn't grab me. Maybe because the pain of loss didn't resonate with me - just that this woman started to bake bread and befriend people in need - like her mom!

Then we got a nice bow-tied story of her falling in love with the right (tm) guy, who wasn't smooth or sexy but was a good (tm) man. And you saw it coming for 300+ pages, but it only happened in the last ten - like, "oh, yeah, I still need to get them together."

In writing this review, I just decided to deduct another star.
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having just read "GOOD GRIEF" by Lolly Winston, this one was a bit of a dissappointment (Sorry Joyce Carol Oates).

Good story, though.