I have been reading We Were the Mulvaneys for quite some time. I have stopped reading this book many times and read several books in between.
Normally, if I set a book aside so many times I discard it for good. That did not happen with this book… I genuinely wanted to know what happened to the Mulvaney family, so there is something to be said for that. You can really connect with and understand the characters in this book.
I chose this book because it was an Oprah’s Book Club choice. Usually, I love her picks — but did not love this one, simply liked it. Although, I am happy I finished it.
Goodreads describes the book:
In her 26th novel, Joyce Carol Oates has written a rich, complex saga about a seemingly ideal family that is suddenly rocked by the date-rape of 16-year-old Marianne Mulvaney. This shattering event touches off an extraordinary journey into 25 years of shameful secrets and despair, culminating in the unforseen miracles that can bring a family closer together. Making We Were the Mulvaneys her first Oprah’s Book Club selection of 2001.
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