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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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...| Read Full Review of Missing Mom: A Novel
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.Oct 08 2005 | Read Full Review of Missing Mom: A Novel
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.Aug 08 2005 | Read Full Review of Missing Mom: A Novel
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.Jan 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Missing Mom: A Novel
In her 50th novel, Oates introduces 31-year-old Nikki Eaton, a "single, sexually liberated, economically self-supporting" newspaper reporter in upstate New York.Aug 27 2007 | Read Full Review of Missing Mom: A Novel
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