Missing Mom: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Oct 4, 2005 - Fiction - 434 pages
211 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
Joyce Carol Oates is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
Always awed by Oates' widely versatile writing styles. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

JCO is a wonderful writer---I so enjoy her gritty style. This is the sad story of a young woman who loses her loving mother--and how that young woman is then set adrift in the aftermath of that tragic event to figure out her life and her place in the world. Read full review

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User Review  - Richard - Goodreads

A well-written, compelling story about family and how little we might actually know them, and conversely, how little they may know us. She may be "missing mom", but the young woman gets to know her ... Read full review

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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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