We Were The Mulvaneys Author:Joyce Carol Oates This is a hardcover book. — You will not read a novel more enthralling, more moving, more unforgettably illumined by profoundly human truth than this story of the rise, the fall, and the ultimate redemption of an American family. That family is the Mulvaneyes, seemingly blessed by everything that makes life sweet- a successful, hard working fathe... more »r, a loving mother, three fine sons, and a sweet and pretty daughter. Their residence is picture-perfect High Point Farm, long since converted fom actual farming to the cultivation of the joys of country living for adults and children alike. Their position in the community of Mt. Ephraim, New York, seems secure.
Yet something happens on Valentine's Day, 1976- an incident involving sixteen-year-old Marianne that is hushed up in the town and never spoken of in the Mulvaney home- that causes the bottom to fall out of their world. The impact of this event reverberates throughout the novel as Mike Sr. fights in both barrooms ad courtrooms to restore his families honor, his son risk everything to right the wrong done to their beloved sister, while Marianne herself spends years drifting with a decent man,satisfying work, and a family of her own.
It is the youngest son, Judd, now a newspaperman, who sets himself to documenting his family's history- to recall its luminous moments and what seemed a special gift for happiness. The many secrets they kept from each other threatened to destroy them, but ultimately We Were The Mulvaney's celebrates the human miracle that allowed this family to bridge the chasms that had opened up between them, to reunite in the spirit of love and healing.
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. Rarely haseven such an acclaimed writer made such a startling an inspiring statement about the value of hope and compassion.« less