We Were the Mulvaneys

  • by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by J. Todd Adams
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Mulvaneys are blessed by all that makes life sweet: a hardworking father, a loving mother, three fine sons, and a bright, pretty daughter. They are confident in their love for each other and their position in the rural community of Mt. Ephraim, New York. But something happens on Valentine's Day, 1976 - an incident that is hushed up in the town and never spoken of in the Mulvaney home - that rends the fabric of their family life. As the years pass the secrets they keep from each other threaten to destroy them, but ultimately they bridge the chasms between them and reunite in the spirit of love and healing. Rarely has such an acclaimed writer made such a startling and inspiring statement about the value of hope and compassion.

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What the Critics Say

"[It gets] under our skin and demand that we pay attention." (New York Newsday)
"[she has a gift] of making the page a window, with something on the other side that we'd swear was life itself." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Doesn't ring true

Perhaps because its abridged, the characters don't ring true and the tradgedy becomes trivial -- something that these folks should just get over with and move on.

Also the narrator, while pleasent to listen to, doesn't always emphasize sentences correctly and mispronounces some words.
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- Moire

Not the best I've heard

This book challenged my logical mind. How could an entire family's implosion for decades to follow be blamed on a date rape? The whole family banishing the victim was too much to believe.
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- LB in Dallas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2001
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books