Missing Mom: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Oct 4, 2005 - Fiction - 434 pages
156 Reviews

last time

Last time you see someone and you don't
know it will be the last time. And all that
you know now, if only you'd known then.
But you didn't know, and now it's too late.
And you tell yourself How could I have
known, I could not have known.

You tell yourself.

This is my story of missing my mother. One
day, in a way unique to you, it will be your
story, too.

From Joyce Carol Oates comes this candid, intimate, engaging, and personal new novel.

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.

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Joyce Carol Oates' writing is voluptuous. - Goodreads
Difficult to read at times, but compelling. - Goodreads
Sad, but very moving and with a sweet ending. - Goodreads
Love the characterizations. - Goodreads
Always awed by Oates' widely versatile writing styles. - Goodreads
It's not quite literary but it is good writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lana - Goodreads

Normally I would probably give this only three stars but since I am currently grieving as well I appreciated the details of the daughters' grieving and how everyone dealt with it differently. Joyce Carol Oates is a great writer as always. Read full review

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User Review  - Claudia Marolf - Goodreads

My copy carries the title "Mother, Missing" - a title that is equally fitting. How to deal with the sudden and unexpected passing of the mother, who in this case died at the hands of a cold-blooded ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been 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 Accursed. 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.

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