|Plot Summary of We Were The Mulvaneys|
|""We Were the Mulvaneys" , is the story of the destruction and regeneration of a family caused by the rape of the teenage, cheerleader daughter. Unwilling to testify against the rapist because she was drinking at the time, the daughter , Marianne, refuses to prosecute. Her father,Michael, a head of a small roofing business, takes the law into his own hands and attacks the father of the rapist. He is fined and given probation. From there, the family's life goes downhill, from a happy existence on a farm, filled with animals and freedom, to a constricted life in the suburbs with only the youngest of three sons mother, Corinne, present. Oates fills the story with colorful characters and a wealth of details, making the restoration of the family fascinating reading."
Betty-Jeanne Korson, Resident Scholar
|"The Mulvaneys have what appear to be a perfect life--four happy and out-going children, all successful in their own ways, growing up together on their idyllic New England farm. Then something happens to their daughter that changes not only her life, but shows how fragile their entire family relationship really is. "
Carole Waterhouse, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of We Were The Mulvaneys|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Family, loving relations
Kind of sex:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Taboo sex story?
- a teen
- White (American)
- Extremely cynical or arrogant
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 10 ()
- lot of descript of animal care
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- Boob talk!
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- little dialog
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