Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates
A Novel

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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.

 

About Joyce Carol Oates

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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 Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. 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.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 464 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Fiction

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It begins on Mother’s Day, when narrator Nikki Eaton attends a party for her widowed mother, Gwen, and, as usual, blends in awkwardly, offending the sensibilities of her married older sister Clare, as well as her mother’s assorted friends (who are, effectively, beneficiaries of Gwen’s unquenchabl...

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Joyce Carol Oates peers into the void that opens when an ordinary woman is suddenly gone.

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The Guardian

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Mother, Missing by Joyce Carol Oates 434pp, Fourth Estate, £17.99 When 31-year-old Nikki Eaton visits her widowed mother Gwen for lunch on Mother's Day, 2004, in upstate New York, she doesn't know it will be the last time she'll see her alive.

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As the novel opens, Nikki arrives at Gwen's Mother's Day party with newly spiked, "inky-maroon" hair and contempt for Gwen's cooking, one-story house and endless munificence to her ragtag guests.

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Her disdain for her mother is clear right from the start of the book when her mother's motherly reaction to her new hairdo leaves Nikki upset and thinking, "Before I was through the doorway and into the kitchen.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In her 50th novel, Oates introduces 31-year-old Nikki Eaton, a "single, sexually liberated, economically self-supporting" newspaper reporter in upstate New York.

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