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We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
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May 21, 2011

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For an Ophra book selection, it was okay. A little bit melodramatic in parts, expecially about the father. Didn't really give a good explanation or any discourse about Marianne's banishment from her family. I think the whole premise of her rape destroying a family for fourteen years is a little over the top. It just doesn't compute. For people who were supposed to be so loving and close, they sure didn't act that way after "it." Her father being totally destroyed over her rape is what made me think that it wasn't so great. That just doesn't happen. People want to extract justice, yes, and his was a gradual decline that Oates made appear normal, but it still, when you finish the whole story and they come together again, happy as clams, isn't realistic. That's why I label it melodramatic, despite her eloquent prose and fabulous characterization.

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