We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates is the story of a family of six whose lives take a disastrous turn after the only daughter, a junior in high school, is raped by a boy who is a year older and her brother’s classmate.
Told years later by her younger brother, the story portrays the profound effect the rape has upon every family member individually and collectively.
The rapist denies his evil deed and is never charged or prosecuted. This ends-up destroying the entire Mulvaney family.
Oates is a well-known gifted writer who doesn’t sugarcoat the issue. This is a heartbreaking novel with a message. It’s a tragic tale worth reading.