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We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
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Aug 05, 2012

liked it

I'll give Ms. Oates a benefit of the doubt here. She must be going for a payoff down the line. However I am getting rather tired of 'we are trying to be good Christians' and the 'wwjd' syndromes running throughout the narrative. I havent decided if I think much of her craft and abilities. There are undercurrents; too many clocks in the house (except for two, none are correct not even twice a day), the country club (her husband belongs, but she doesnt fit in), descriptions of the home and farm are frequently described during winter conditions. Where is revenge going to play a role? I want to like Joyce's work, we'll just have to see what happens. I wonder how similar she may be to Stephen King (NOT). I sense impending doom and powers outside the character's control. A merry-go-round going amuck?

Woo hoo, ramifications from the secret. The natives are getting restless. Still no revenge. But we are in for a bumpy ride.

Ok then, not quite so syrupy as I was fearing. Basically another coming of age novel. Traumas suffered in the younger years last a lifetime. Missunderstood statements and events can lead to ruin. Hurry you bad guys and die, so that the family can heal and not miss you by missing you.

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