The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
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Few first novels receive the kind of attention and acclaim showered on this powerful story—a nationwide bestseller, a critical success, and the first title chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Both highly suspenseful and deeply moving, The Deep End of the Ocean imagines every mother's worst nightmare—the disappearance of a child—as it explores a family's struggle to endure, even against extraordinary odds. Filled with compassion, humor, and brilliant observations about the texture of real life, here is a story of rare power, one that will touch readers' hearts and make them celebrate the emotions that make us all one.

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Jacquelyn Mitchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, the very first Oprah Book Club pick, as well as more than twenty other critically acclaimed books for adults and teens. A nominee for several national and international awards, she served on the 2004 Fiction Jury for the National Book Award. In addition, she is a longtime journalist and regular contributor to Real Simple and Parade magazines.
Published July 1, 1997 by Penguin Books. 466 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Mitchard writes, "If she dared embrace what she really felt about Ben's loss -- pulled apart the skeins of stupidity and lack and the truth that everything that matters in life is decided irrevocably in seconds --- Beth knew something would happen to her.

May 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Deep End of the Ocean (Op...

Astute Oprah Winfrey-watchers may recall that the book received the talk show queen's first on-the-air book endorsement.

Feb 16 2016 | Read Full Review of The Deep End of the Ocean (Op...


To live a better life, they must overcome what actually happened to them, not what they read in a book, and we should hope they grow as Precious did to one day, after years of sexual abuse, to heal enough to want to know what it feels like to make love in ways that are loving.

Nov 09 2009 | Read Full Review of The Deep End of the Ocean (Op...

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