Year 3, Book 58

58. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
I had mixed feelings about this book. I must have enjoyed reading it and been engaged in the narrative because it’s a fairly long book and I finished it in about 2 days. I just don’t know how I feel about the plot. It’s terribly depressing. The story basically tells the story of the Mulvaney family and how they unravel after the daughter is raped. Part of me could understand how they ended up how they did, but the half of me just wanted to shake the characters and say snap out of it. So if you don’t mind reading a really depressing book, this one was pretty good. I give it a 7 out of 10.

One thought on “Year 3, Book 58

  1. Oh yeah. She is not known for her upbeat plots and happy endings. But I generally have less of a “snap out of it!” reaction to her characters than I do when reading similar works by others.

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