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Missing Mom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    One of her best!

    I am a huge Oates fan--I've read almost all of her books--and can honestly say that this is one of her best. It ranks up there with We Were the Mulvaneys, Them, The Falls, and Blonde. What surprised me were the refreshingly ordinary characters and the entirely believable narrative. Somehow, one always expects extremes in Oates' stories and this one is simply and beautifully about a daughter suffering the loss of her mom. It felt like a really personal story. I highly recommend it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

    False advertising, in a way unfair to men

    Between the title and the cover, it is easy to see this book as just slightly heavier-than-usual chick-lit fare. Which would be a bummer, because the literary-minded man would be missing a good and touching novel by a prolific but quality writer. This book is my introduction to Oates, whom I only previously read in short story anthologies. I loved it. It might be because I have lost my mother (okay, ten years ago, but it still hurts) and can relate to many of the feelings and actions described here. I know of the debate as to how "great" Oates may be, and this book is not swimming with a lot of the "big themes" that many serious literature buffs (including myself) like in their "great writers." But I do harbor a soft spot in my reading list and heart for novelists that do tackle the personal issues, like Anne Tyler and Oates, and do it so well. If they translated better to the big screen, they might be better known, so until then, guys like me will just have to secretly peek over at Oprah's list once in a while and find books like this that moves a reader without getting overly sappy--as Oprah's list can sometimes get. (Sorry, ladies.)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Good read

    In Missing Mom, Oates introduced us to an ordinary woman, Gwen Eaton, a 56-year-old housewife in Mount Ephraim, N.Y. Gwen's untimely death in a suburban small town impacts the lives of many, most especially her two grown daughters, Nikki and Clare. Even though this is fiction, I absolutely identified with the experiences of Nikki and Clare as they dealt with the loss of their mother. I've read other books by this author and I actually thought this was better than her previous works.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    The title says it all

    Having lost my mom some years ago, I totally identified with some of the comments made in this book. To me, this is the best book among the last few that Joyce Carol Oates has written. She is an amazing writer to me. She captures the human condition perfectly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Fart

    Poop :P

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Excellent! But why so many reviews populated by

    some kind of chat room weirdos is beyond me. People, for heavens sake,get a life.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

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    NO stars

    I just couldn't get into the book. Didn't get too far in the book before I decided that the style and story just wasn't for me. Glad I didn't spend money on it but maybe I will consider giving it another chance...one day.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Rp

    Ok

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Patrick

    Cool gtg

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Have not read yet should i

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....
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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    A Must Read

    Joyce Carol Oates never disappoints. Her characters are so real life you feel you are living her story. I am an avid reader and I would have to say she is one of my favorite authors.

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