Mother, Missing

Joyce Carol Oates

When her mother uncharacteristically fails to return her phone calls, 31-year-old Nikki Eaton calls in to check up on her. She finds the house turned upside-down, and her mother lying dead, murdered, on the garage floor.

Single, sexually liberated and economically self-supporting, Nikki has never particularly thought of herself as a daughter. She learns to cope with the unexpected loss of her mother over the course of a tumultuous year of mourning that brings sorrow, and even, from an unexpected source, a nurturing love.

This is a candid, engaging and personal novel about mothers and daughters from one of the greatest American novelists alive today.

Reviews of Mother, Missing

    • ‘A wonderfully engaging story…from one of America’s mostprolific and interesting writers who never fails to deliver.’ Daily Mail
    • ‘A brilliant, unmissable novel.’ Times
    • ‘As fresh, compelling and polished as anything Oates has written.’ Glasgow Herald
    • ‘One of the female frontrunners for the title of Great American Novelist.’ Sunday Times

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