Missing Mom

Missing Mom

by Joyce Carol Oates
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Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates

Nikki Eaton, single, thirty-one, sexually liberated, and economically self-supporting, has never particularly thought of herself as a daughter. Yet, following the unexpected loss of her mother, she undergoes a remarkable transformation during a tumultuous year that brings stunning horror, sorrow, illumination, wisdom, and even—from an unexpected source—a nurturing love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061748080
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 186,844
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.


Princeton, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

June 16, 1938

Place of Birth:

Lockport, New York


B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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Missing Mom 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
TriviaDream More than 1 year ago
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.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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bookwormcf More than 1 year ago
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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Lny11 More than 1 year ago
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.
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