Missing Mom
Joyce Carol Oates
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Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM By Joyce Carol Oates

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.
  • Title: Missing Mom
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780060816223
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback


Marci Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
I've read a couple of unfriendly reviews here, and I wonder why people need their protagonists to be flawless. This book follows Nikki Eaton as a self-absorbed, single-but-dating-a-married-man wild child through the discovery of her mother's murder and the year of grieving and discovery afterwards. Sure, she's a flawed character, but I still found her sympathetic and compelling - I also appreciate authors that paint realistic portraits of people and can still manage poignancy. People are complic [...]
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Kristy Buzbee Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Missing Mom was a very emotional book - in a good way. The main character Nikki is a thirty-something, independent woman who thinks she really has no need for her mom, and her mom's attempts to stay in touch and stay connected are just a hassle. But when she loses her mother in an unexpected and horrible way, she realizes just how important her mother really was. This book chronicles the first year after her mother's death, and how she (and her other family members) cope with tragedy. It takes o [...]
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Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
I picked up MISSING MOM a few months after my own mother passed away, and put it down. Her death was too fresh for me to read Joyce Carol Oates tribute to her own mother. Looking at the different reviews of the novel, many readers say that this is a departure for Oates. I have no clue, since I’ve never read her before; but I was still intrigued by MISSING MOM and finally read it.Nikki Eaton is a reporter for the Beacon. She is hip. She wears her multi- colored hair short as her skirts are. She [...]
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Emily Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Gosh i just could NOT get into this one! I gave it a solid try, too. There was something really off about the main character's descriptions of herself. Forced, rather second rate. Bummer!
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Christina Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
‘It was the fate of mothers, to remember. What nobody’s else would know or care about. That, when they are gone, goes with them.’ (p. 397)If you follow me, you’ve probably heard me mention Joyce Carol Oates a couple of times or more. She is one of my favorite authors. I’m not only impressed with her abilities as a writer, her way of using language, punctuation, italics as emphasis and much more but also her productivity and her constant high writing standard. I’ve never read a bad bo [...]
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Judy Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
I lost my mom in 2009. She and I were mostly at odds for many years. Somewhere in my 40s we began to reconcile. She stopped being so critical of me and I began to see her good points. Near the end of her life she needed 24 hour care and wished to remain at home. I honored that wish, left my job, husband, and home, and so spent the last three months of her life by her side. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. ( My wonderful husband was supportive of my choice.)So I related to Missing [...]
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Maureen Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
The only other book I've read by Joyce Carol Oates was the depressing tome We Were the Mulvaneys. I thought this was going to follow in the same genre but it did improve on reading.The story deals with the unexpected violent death (two days after Mother's Day) of middle aged mom, Gwen Eaton, as seen through the eyes of her immature, selfish 31 year old youngest daughter Nikki, an independent journalist who freelances with a local paper. I found Nikki's ruminations to be grating and boring at tim [...]
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Melissa Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
This was a really interesting perspective. This book was recommended to me, and I read through it quickly. I felt it really pulled you in and made you kind of feel as though you were living the experience through the characters. As a young person who has lost a parent, I could identify with what the author was trying to put forth, but also embraced that the grieving process is very different for each person. This was apparently in the book by the various people in the book who recounted their ow [...]
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Laura Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
This book describes the life of a typical American family and how they learn to mourn their loving parents. Even if the theme seems quite depressive since the author managed to describe in a realistic way and with some sense of humor what people normally do after a sudden death of one of their parents. It seems that this book reveals the author's own experience after the recent loss of her mother.
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Sarah Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
I read this book right after my mom died and while it was hard to read about someone else having that happen so soon after I did, it put things into perspective for me. She could have died in a way like the mother in this book did and I was lucky that never happened. Also, it reminds me of a joke my uncle made when he saw it. (He looks at the title)"Sarah, your mom is not missing. We know where she is." And that was the first time I laughed since she died:)
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MishaMathew Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Joyce Carol oates has been one of my favorite authors. Missing , Mom just makes me love her even more.Interesting story that studies the psychological impact of losing one's mother. Its the truth that no matter how independent and grown up we become , one's mother remains a strong presence in our lives.
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Serena.. Sery-ously? Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
No, no e ancora no.Ma è davvero la stessa autrice di "Sorella mio unico amore" o "Una famiglia americana"?! Sembra proprio di no, il libro è così così artefatto, così poco sincero e 'vero' che mi sembra tutto uno scherzo Non è la Oates che ho imparato ad amare nonostante il male fisico che mi procurava con ogni sua storia, né l'abile tessitrice di storie intricate, ingarbugliate e dalle mille sfaccettature: questo libro è fuffa!E giuro, sono amareggiatissima perché per me la Oates è un [...]
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Melanie Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
This book reminded me so much of We Were the Mulvaneys. I really liked this book. I loved the character Nikki. Despite some of the reviews which suggest she lacked depth, or was too flawed, I found a unique relation to her. I think she represents a certain selfishness inside of us all. We tend to forget our parents had lives before we existed. They had hopes and dreams and secrets that we were not a part of. Our parents were individuals. I think there is a selfish tendency in us all to take for [...]
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Lynne Wright Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Joyce Carol Oates is a highly regarded writer -- and I DID love Blonde, an imagined account of being inside Marilyn Monroe's head. But I can't imagine how this novel merited a Notable Book of the Year endorsement from the NYT Book Review. Well, unless they considered it notable for having been published at all in spite of being so sloppily written. It reads like an early draft that Oates whipped off, ran spell-check on, then shipped out without running it through even a cursory edit. Its full of [...]
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Bookmarks Magazine Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
"This is my story about missing my mother," Nikki says at the start of Missing Mom. "One day, in a way unique to you, it will be your story, too." Although many critics compared Missing Mom to Oates's classic, We Were the Mulvaneys, they agreed that the latter is the far superior work. Reviewers thought Nikki inconsistent and uneven; other characters came off as flat. Only the mother remained in their minds as a magnificent, realistic character__one of Oates's best to date, in fact, since Oates [...]
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Jess Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
I've read several books by Joyce Carol Oates, and I've never been disappointed. Having lost my mother years ago, I could definitely relate to Nikki when she spoke of "feeling" her mother in different situations. It's a sadness and a happiness all rolled up into one, and I think Ms. Oates portrayed it perfectly.
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Nancy Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
This book just never got going went on and on and on and on. Until finally it was done. Mom's have secret lives. They collect notes from their kids. Then they die and the kids learn about the secret lives and find the notes. Oops - was that a spoiler?
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Amelia Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
I absolutely loved the main character in this book, and the dialogue between the middle-aged ladies in the story was so realistic I almost threw a fit. This was an amazing book, which is not surprising considering the author.
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Emma Smith Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
This is a really great read. The story begins with Nikki, a tough, modern, independent woman, going to her mother's house for Mothers Day. Gwen, her mum, is derided by Nikki's sister, Clare, a self-important know it all who is, frankly, a horrible person, as being too nice, too trusting. As proof, Gwen has invited lots of other misfits to 'their' lunch. At the end of the day, Nikki is glad to return to her own life a few towns over, and her married boyfriend whom she's waiting to marry. Everythi [...]
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David Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
This ended up being one of my more favored Oates novels, certainly the one I liked best in any recent time. Some of the ones I've picked up more recently seemed like exercises, masterfully done as they were, but this one had all of the urgency and humanity and reason for being that is in the writing of Oates I like best. I did feel on the going in side of the murder that it was just a bit too contrived, that another death would have seemed less designed, but it certainly fit what came after. I c [...]
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Steve Betz Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Missing Mom was a novel written in the aftermath of Oates’ own mother’s death. In it, Nikki Eaton, a sexually promiscuous “free spirit” in her early 30s deals with the unexpected death of her mother, who was a pillar in her upstate New York town.In Nikki and in Chataqua Falls, Oates returns to the types of characters and places that have defined so much of her writing. A somewhat directionless woman, who is often the object of others actions and priorities: her mother’s ministrations, [...]
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Jessica Stephenson Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Love love love this book! I must admit, I picked this up for pure catharsis, having lost my mother recently, unexpectedly, tragically as well. I saw so much of myself, my experience, my affliction in Nikki Eaton, and so much of my own mother in Gwen. I've been absolutely stifled and unable to accept my mother's untimely death, but reading this novel has helped me begin to *think* about coping. Oates' alliteration to phantom limbs, ghosts, nervous expectations-- all of these are things that she m [...]
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Jim Leckband Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
I'm not sure Oates has a target audience, unlike some authors. Her work is so divergent that pinning a label or genre is useless as her next book may be entirely different. But with this one I feel a little bit out of the target audience: as of this writing I am neither a mom nor a daughter. There is the trademark Oates violence, it is rare that a book of hers doesn't have a violent event. But what this book mostly is about is the intriguing story of how a daughter finally comes to know who her [...]
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Ashley Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
This started off with much more promise than Oates' "Black Girl/White Girl" but quickly faded into a pointless, wordy waste of time.Had all uses of the words"Swarthy" "43 Deer Creek Drive" & "Redwood amd stucco" been reduced to just one use the book most likely would have been 50 pages shorter.Oates' writing is void of meaning and lacks creativity with uses of words like "fattish" and the cardboard cut-out details that "Nikki" uses to describe people."Fattish-female perspiration" UMMM REALLY [...]
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Irene Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
I listened to the audio version of this book which I'm sure influenced how I reacted to it. The reader was good but the book never grabbed me. I find Joyce Carol Oates work uneven. I absolutely love some of it but a lot of it leaves me cold. This story, about a single, adult woman who visits her widowed mother and finds her body, murdered in the family home, isn't a mystery. It's about her reactions to the death, and her interactions with her sister -- her only sibling -- in the aftermath. I did [...]
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Paola Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Ancora una volta la Oates ha saputo darmi ore di lettura che chiamare piacevoli é un eufemismo.La storia, i personaggi, la loro psicologia sono lavorati al cesello. Una filigrana d'oro la cui lavorazione é perfetta.La scrittura é asciutta, prosciugata direi, non una parola che puoi dire non sia necessaria.Ed ecco che i protagonisti, i vivi come i morti, e le loro vite, le loro vicende sono con te nella stessa stanza, una presenza reale e tangibile e ne condividi i pensieri i sentimenti le emo [...]
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Mary Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Okay, first of all.let me say I'm confused. My copy of the book is called MOTHER, MISSING. It does not appear to be an ARC, so it's mystifying to me. I bought my copy last month at a used book store in Canada. (I live in the US, but I try to spend a few months in Toronto in the summers.) The novel reeled me in. I am quite the JCO fan, and kept reading this book, enjoying it but not caught up in it, thinking to myself I'd likely rate it a 3 and a half stars if had such an option. Bute last 50 pp [...]
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Lisa Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Eh. It's a good detective story I guess. I had her for a class once and thought she was much more intelligent and acerbic when speaking. She referred once to loneliness in a way I really liked: "I don't anymore, but I can remember how it felt to be that lonely, to feel loneliness like a missing limb."Actually, my favorite part of this book comes at the end, an interview she's granted as one of those book fillers they add so they can write: "P.S. Insights, Interviews & More Inside!" on the co [...]
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Stacy Saunders Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
Here’s to moms. Without moms, where’d we all be?” quips Nikki Eaton, toasting her mother Gwen on Mother’s Day. Two days later, Nikki is suddenly, though an act of inexplicable violence, without her mother. This novel tells the story of Nikki’s first year missing her Mom. It is a year of moving back into her mother’s house and wearing her mother’s clothes. It is also a year in which Nikki discovers some startling secrets of Gwen’s past. These revelations are difficult for Nikki to [...]
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M Mar 30, 2020 - 13:10 PM
A really disjointed read that takes us into the horrifying details of a mother's death and how her two daughters cope. The older and seemingly more responsible one falls apart while the breezy and frankly really annoying over grown teen at thirty something figures out how to be an adult. It's been done before, and better. This was a disconnected read and had too many sentences that started with So! or things like, Oh the pain! I guess I was meant to be in whimsical daughter's head but it was rea [...]
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Missing Mom By Joyce Carol Oates 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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