We Were the Mulvaneys is a novel written by Joyce Carol Oates and was published in 1996. We Were the Mulvaneys was featured in Oprah's Book Club in 2001.
The Mulvaneys, a family living in the small, rural town of Mt. Ephraim, New York, during the latter part of the 20th century, are the seemingly perfect family: four children, the owners of a successful roofing business, and obsessed with social status. We Were the Mulvaneys tells the tale of the demise of this perfect family—an incident that is hushed up in town and never spoken of again. It is this incident that shatters the family fabric with tragic consequences.