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Joyce Carol Oates chronicles the fall of an American family in ‘We Were the Mulvaneys’

Though midterm blues and wet bike seats may plague us this season, these drudgeries simply enhance the appeal of escaping into Joyce Carol Oates’ fictional worlds. Famous for her novels that, like sea-weary gulls, guide the reader off toward gloomy, landlocked locales of the western New York variety, Oates works her descriptive magic yet again…