308. We were the Mulvaneys. Joyce Carol Oates - The Mulvaneys are seemingly blessed by all that makes life sweet. But something happens on Valentine's Day, 1976. An incident involving Marianne Mulvaney, the pretty 16-year-old daughter, which is hushed up in the town and never discussed in the family. The unspoken truths of that night rend the fabric of their family life with tragic consequences.