No Time to Wave Goodbye

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Twenty-two years have passed since Beth Cappadora’s three-year-old son, Ben, was abducted. By some miracle he returned nine years later, and the family began to pick up the pieces of their lives.
Now, in this sequel to Mitchard’s beloved bestseller The Deep End of the Ocean, the Cappadora children are grown: Ben is married and has a baby girl, Kerry is studying to be an opera singer, and ne’er-do-well older son Vincent is a fledgling filmmaker. His new documentary—focusing on ...
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Twenty-two years have passed since Beth Cappadora’s three-year-old son, Ben, was abducted. By some miracle he returned nine years later, and the family began to pick up the pieces of their lives.
Now, in this sequel to Mitchard’s beloved bestseller The Deep End of the Ocean, the Cappadora children are grown: Ben is married and has a baby girl, Kerry is studying to be an opera singer, and ne’er-do-well older son Vincent is a fledgling filmmaker. His new documentary—focusing on five families caught in the torturous web of never knowing the fate of their abducted children—shakes his parents to the core. As Vincent’s film earns greater and greater acclaim and Beth tries to stave off a torrent of long-submerged emotions, the Cappadoras’ world is rocked as Beth’s greatest fear becomes reality. The family is soon drawn precipitously into the past, revisiting the worst moment of their lives—this time with only hours to find the truth that can save a life.

A spellbinding novel about family loyalty and love pushed to the limits of endurance, No Time to Wave Goodbye is Jacquelyn Mitchard at her best.

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"Jacquelyn Mitchard has done it again.  In this masterful sequel to her blockbuster bestseller, The Deep End of the Ocean, she captivates us once more, revisiting characters so human, so flawed, that their angst becomes ours.  As the best of intentions go awry, the reader is drawn into an adventure so gripping that only a storyteller of Ms. Mitchard’s stature can resolve it with meaning and grace.  Prepare for a climax that will capture your heart in this powerful story of reconciliation and redemption."—Barbara Delinsky, author of While My Sister Sleeps

"For everyone who adored The Deep End of the Ocean–rejoice! Mitchard's latest brings back the Cappadora family, as the most unexpected of tragedies forces them to test the relationships they've built in the wake of Ben's return. It's vintage Mitchard: full of characters you feel like you already know, and a plot that keeps you reading till the last page."—Jodi Picoult, author of Handle with Care

"No Time to Wave Goodbye is a bold, brilliant, powerhouse of a novel. I read it in one sitting, unable to walk away until I'd come to the startling and unexpected end.  A dramatic tale of heartbreak and triumph,  No Time to Wave Goodbye is a beautifully written story about a scarred and broken family facing old wounds and a terrifying new tragedy with grace and strength.  Jacquelyn Mitchard has done the impossible: written a sequel to her blockbuster Deep End of the Ocean that has all the richness, emotional impact, and relevance of the original.  All I can say is, once you start this novel, I hope you have nothing else to do, because you won't be able to put it down.—Kristen Hannah, author of True Colors

“Jacquelyn Mitchard has created something so indelible, so unforgettable, in the Cappadora family that I was honored and excited to be given this second glimpse into their life experience. I would have followed them anywhere.”—Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay it Forward

“Few writers wield prose as masterfully as Jacquelyn Mitchard, and her latest novel No Time to Wave Goodbye proves she has only grown more powerful. Hauntingly lyrical yet blisteringly real and intense, this sequel to The Deep End of the Ocean will leave you gasping until the very last page. I read this book in one sitting, and once done, I wanted to read it all over again, word by word, line by line, in awe of her talent.”— James Rollins, author of The Doomsday Key

"The Cappadora family is back, in all of its wonderful complexity. When tragedy strikes a second time, they respond in the same imperfect, human, and utterly believable manner that has made them one of the most astutely rendered and memorable families in contemporary fiction. Once again, they rise above being victims of circumstance to teach us lessons about fortitude and grace. Jacquelyn Mitchard has created a new page-turner of a family odyssey. Its emotions linger long after the last paragraph is read."—Hope Edelman, author of The Possibility of Everything

"No Time to Wave Goodbye hits all the right notes. The story is gripping, suspenseful and downright good; a beautiful reminder of why the world loves Jacquelyn Mitchard."—Karin Slaughter, author of Undone

“If at its best a family is a safety net, what happens when the net unravels? Jacquelyn Mitchard's novel, No Time To Wave Goodbye, examines a family victimized. She doesn't sidestep considering the impact of ambiguous rescues or uncertain recoveries. Racing, taut, rich in tension and tenderness.”—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

“In No Time to Wave Goodbye, Jacquelyn Mitchard reminds us that both sadness and happiness are fleeting, that families come apart and together in surprising ways, and that the power of love is stronger than we know. This book makes me proud to be human, with all our glorious flaws.”—Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly
Mitchard returns to the Cappadoras from The Deep End of the Ocean (Oprah's first book club pick), proving that, sometimes, sequels work. In this harrowing outing, set 13 years after the events of Ocean, the oldest Cappadora son, Vincent, 29, has become a filmmaker, and with the help of his brother, Ben (who was kidnapped in the first book), and sister, Kerry, makes a documentary about child abduction. When the film is nominated for an Academy Award, the family is pushed into the scrutinizing eye of the public, and then tragedy strikes with the disappearance of Ben's daughter, plunging the family into a riveting ordeal that takes them from Hollywood to a grim, middle-of-nowhere confrontation. Along the way, family bonds are stretched to the breaking point, and Mitchard charts a tormented family dynamic with shocking ease. This action-packed and emotionally rich drama is every bit as satisfying as its predecessor. (Sept.)
Library Journal
In this sequel to The Deep End of the Ocean, Mitchard returns to the Cappadora family. It's been 13 years since Ben was returned to his family after being abducted at age three. Now, the family is gathered to watch the premiere of oldest son Vincent's documentary about abducted children. As they watch the film, his parents are hurled back into their troubled past. As much as they would like to leave all the turmoil behind, the family is thrust once again into the spotlight as the documentary earns an Oscar nomination. And then another child is abducted. VERDICT While the original novel focused poignantly on the inner world and grief of Beth Cappadora, the sequel is firmly in suspense and adventure territory. Family dynamics are skillfully drawn, but the overall feel and pacing of the novel are closer to the action and drama of Mitchard's Still Summer. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/09; library marketing.]—Jan Blodgett, Davidson Coll. Lib., NC
Kirkus Reviews
Lackluster sequel to Mitchard's Oprah-anointed debut. In The Deep End of the Ocean (1996), kidnapping victim Ben Cappadora returned as a teenager to his parents Beth and Pat, owners of a popular Chicago Italian eatery. Now 25, Ben has married Eliza, adopted Bolivian daughter of Candy, the detective who helped investigate his disappearance. Ben and Eliza have a six-month-old daughter, Stella. Meanwhile, Ben's ne'er-do-well older brother Vincent, bankrolled by local godfather Charley Seven, has filmed a documentary about the families of other kidnapped and disappeared children entitled No Time to Wave Goodbye. Beth is conflicted about the movie, not just because of the debt to Charley (who's really a pussycat), but because it reopens old wounds-for example, the fact that Ben still thinks of himself as "Sam," the name his kidnapper gave him, and is actually closer to the kidnapper's husband than to his real father. Shortly after Vincent receives an Oscar for No Time to Wave Goodbye, Stella is snatched from her babysitter. Candy and Beth mobilize their forces, but police have no leads. Then a letter appears, penned in pretentious prose complete with Latin legalese, leading Vincent to recall the straitlaced lawyer in his documentary whose favorite daughter vanished at age 17. The book's most gripping sequences follow, involving wilderness survival in the Northern California mountains. Ample detail based on Mitchard's own backcountry treks lends verisimilitude as Ben and Vincent search for Stella aided by a seasoned guide and her trusty kidnapper-sniffing St. Bernard. The proliferation of characters may confuse readers, especially those unfamiliar with the earlier book, and a disproportionatelylarge chunk of the narrative is devoted to exposition. The solution to the Stella puzzle is fairly obvious, while other mysteries-such as a plausible motive for the villain-go unplumbed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812979572
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 590,092
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 5.22 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacquelyn Mitchard
Jacquelyn Mitchard is the New York Times bestselling author of the first Oprah’s Book Club selection, The Deep End of the Ocean, and more than a dozen other books for both adults and children. A former syndicated columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she is a contributing editor for Parade, and her work has appeared in More, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, and Real Simple, among other publications. Mitchard lives in Wisconsin with her husband and seven children.

From the Hardcover edition.


"Jacquelyn Mitchard has considered changing her name legally to The Deep End of the Ocean. This is because her own name is much less well-known than the title of her first book," so read the opening lines of Mitchard's biography on her web site. Granted, the writer is best known for the novel that holds the distinct honor of being the very first pick in Oprah Winfrey's book club, but Mitchard is also responsible for a number of other bestsellers, all baring her distinctive ability to tackle emotional subject matter without lapsing into cloying sentimentality.

Mitchard got her start as a newspaper journalist in the ‘70s, but first established herself as a writer to watch in 1985 when she published Mother Less Child, a gut wrenching account of her own miscarriage. Though autobiographical in nature, Mother Less Child introduced the themes of grief and coping that would often resurface in her fiction. These themes were particularly prevalent in the debut novel that would nab Mitchard her greatest notoriety. The Deep End of the Ocean tells of the depression that grips a woman and her son following the disappearance of her younger son. Like Mother Less Child, the novel was also based on a personal tragedy, the death of her husband, and the author's very real grief contributes to the emotional authenticity of the book.

The Deep End of the Ocean became a commercial and critical smash, lauded by every publication from People Magazine to Newsweek. It exemplified Mitchard's unique approach to her subject. In lesser hands, such a story might have sunk into precious self-reflection. However Mitchard approaches her story as equal parts psychological drama and suspenseful thriller. "I like to read stories in which things happen," she told Book Reporter. "I get very impatient with books that are meditations - often beautiful ones - on a single character's thoughts and reactions. I like a story that roller coasters from one event to the next, peaks and valleys."

The Deep End of the Ocean undoubtedly changed Mitchard's life. She was still working part time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison writing speeches when the novel got Oprah's seal of approval and went into production as a major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer. She didn't even consider leaving her job until, as she recounted to Book, "my boss finally said to me, ‘You know, kiddo, people whose books have sold this many copies and are being made into movies don't have this part-time job.'" So, she left her job despite misgivings and embarked upon a writing career that would produce such powerful works as The Most Wanted, Twelve Times Blessed, and The Breakdown Lane. She has also written two non-fictional volumes about peace activist Jane Addams.

Mitchard's latest Cage of Stars tells of Veronica Swan, a twelve-year old girl living in a Mormon community whose life is completely upturned when her sisters are murdered. Again, a story of this nature could have easily played out as a banal tear jerker, but Mitchard allows Veronica to take a more active role in the novel, setting out to avenge the death of her sisters. Consequently, Case of Stars is another example of Mitchard's ability to turn the tables on convention and produce a story with both emotional resonance and a page-turning narrative, making for a novel created with the express purpose of pleasing her fans. "Narrative is not in fashion in the novels of our current era; reflection is," she told Book Reporter. "But buying a book and reading it is a substantial investment of time and money. I want to take readers on a journey full circle. They deserve it."

Good To Know

Mitchard is certainly most famous for her sophisticated adult novels, yet she has also written two children's novels, Rosalie and Starring Prima, as well as Baby Bat's Lullaby, a picture book. She currently has three new children's books in development.

Now that Mitchard has officially scored a successful writing career, what could be left for the writer to achieve? Well, according to her web site, her "truest ambition" is to make an appearance on the popular TV show Law and Order.

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Chapter One

Before dawn on the day she would finally see his first real film, Beth Cappadora slipped into the guest room and lay down on the edge of the bed where her son, Vincent, slept.  

Had she touched his hair or his shoulder, he would not have stirred. When he slept at all, Vincent slept like a man who'd fallen from a relaxed standing position after being hit on the back of the head by a frying pan. Still, she didn't take the risk. Her relationship with Vincent didn't admit of nighttime confidences, funny cards, all the trappings of the sentimental, platonic courtship between a mother and her grown boy. Instead, Beth blessed the air around his head, where coiled wisps of dark hair still sprang up as they had when he was a child.  

Show them, Vincent, she said softly. Knock 'em dead.  

Beth asked only a minor redemption-something that would stuff back the acid remarks that everyone had made about where Vincent's career of minor crime and major slough-offs would end, because it had so far outlasted the most generous boundaries of juvenile delinquency. She wished one thing itself, simple and linear: Let Vincent's movie succeed.  

That night, as she watched the film, and recognized its might and its worth, Beth had to appreciate-by then, against her will-that her wish was coming true. What she didn't realize was something that she'd learned long ago.

  Only long months from that morning did Beth, a superstitious woman all her life, realize she had forgotten that if a wish slipped like an arrow through a momentary slice in the firmament, it was free to come true any way it would. Only fools thought its trajectory could ever be controlled.  

Sixteen hours after Beth tiptoed from Vincent's bedside, a spotlight beam shined out over the seat where she sat fidgeting and craning her neck to peek at everyone else taking their seats in the Harrington Community Center Auditorium.  

Suddenly, there was Vincent, onstage. He looked up from nervously adjusting the pink tie he wore against his white shirt and twilight gray suit and said, "I have to apologize. We have a little technical glitch we need to fix and then we'll be ready. Thanks for your patience. In just a moment, the first voice you will hear is my sister, the opera singer Kerry Rose Cappadora, who also narrates this film. I'll be right back. I mean, the film will. Thanks again."  

Beth leaned forward as if from the prow of a ship. Her husband, Pat, reached out to ease her back.   "Don't jump," he teased. "You can't do this for him. It's high time, Bethie. You have to agree. Vincent's lived la vita facile too long."

  "I know," Beth agreed. Though she didn't speak Italian, she wanted to poke Pat in the ribs and not gently. Vincent earned his way, after a fashion. Vincent owned a home, after a fashion-two rooms in Venice Beach, California, that had once been a garage. Vincent had made a gourmet chocolate commercial nominated for an ADDY Award. He hadn't asked them for a dime since...well, since the last time he dropped out of college. But she said only, "You're right, of course."



"Why aren't you arguing with me?" Pat asked. "What's the matter with you?" Beth shrugged, battling the urge to drag her fingers through her careful blowout: If you have to mess with your hair, Beth's friend Candy said, shake, don't rake. Pat cracked his knuckles. "Damn it," Pat said then. "Who am I trying to kid? I haven't wanted a cigarette this bad since the grease fire at the restaurant. I want to jump up on the stage and yell at everybody, This is my son's work! You better appreciate this! But we've got to give this over to him."  

"Absolutely," Beth said, her heartbeat now a busy little mallet that must be visible through her pale silk chemise.  

"You sound like a robot. Where's my wife? You could object a little," Pat said.  

"Too nervous," Beth replied.

  It was more than that, of course. Nothing that she could confide, even in Pat. For Beth was in part responsible for her son's brushes with the law and his seeming inability to finish...anything. (In part? Was she flattering herself? Once upon a time, Vincent had done everything he could, including selling a few bushels of thankfully low-order drugs, to get his mother's thousand-yard stare to focus on him.) If this film were to be worthy at all-Beth hugged herself, smiling-then this private screening for a hundred people in the rented theater of a community center would also be the long-overdue premiere of her son's life as a man in full.  

More than this, in just a moment, Beth would learn the answers to the questions she'd asked herself for months.  

What was the documentary about?  

Why had Vincent enlisted his sister and his brother to help him make it? Last year, during the filming, had been the busiest time of their lives: Ben had a wife, a full share in the family business, and a baby on the way. Kerry still lived at her parents' house, but her college major was so demanding that some nights she came home from school or the voice studio with dark smudges under her eyes and fell asleep before she could eat the food she'd microwaved.  

Was it because the subject was too intimate or incendiary or simply too off the wall to entrust to a stranger, even a fellow professional? Why had Vincent used film instead of video, which probably quadrupled the cost?  

Was the obsessive privacy all pride? Did he have to do this all on his own?  

With his first documentary, Alpha Female, a snapshot of the life of a young farmer's wife and mother of four putting herself through college as a part-time dominatrix, Vincent had turned to Beth, a photographer for nearly thirty years, on everything from how to light someone so blond that her features were nearly achromatic to how to coax an interview out of the woman's stern, disapproving parents. Beth recalled the look on her mother-in-law's face when that film had first screened, in the auditorium of the high school from which Vincent had been expelled. Freckle-faced Katie Hubner saddle-soaped her leather garter belt and said, "They don't care anything about sex, poor things! They just want me to treat them like their mean old mamas did!"  

Of this film, Beth knew nothing but its title, No Time to Wave Goodbye. In her good moments, it seemed almost a private message from her older son. Her own first photo book-a series of black-and-white shots of her own children walking away from her, dragging fishing poles, hurrying toward the blooming pagoda of a fireworks display, each underlined with a tender quotation-was called Wave Goodbye.

  What other connection could there possibly be?  

Beth began to twist her wedding ring round and round. Did no one else notice the minutes that had collapsed since Vincent's introduction? Two,

  No one close to the family would mind. There they all were, chatting, her family, her in-laws, Ben and his wife, Eliza. People were admiring Ben and Eliza's baby, two-month-old Stella, Beth's first grandchild, on her very first outing. Along with Eliza's mother-Beth's beloved friend Candy-the crowd included dozens of business associates and old and new neighborhood friends. They were the cheering section.  

But what about the others?

  What of the one reviewer invited to this private event? Where was he? The fourth-row seat on the aisle reserved for him was still empty.  

And all the guests Beth didn't recognize?  

Would they hate the film if they had to wait much longer?  

Beth glanced around her. In the same row, across the aisle, sat a perfect Yankee couple, ramrod-straight, their spines an inch from the seat backs-mother, father, impeccably coutured blond daughter. Several rows back, directly behind Beth, a soft, pretty young black woman held hands with her son, a slender young teenager. To the right and near the back door, there was a round-shouldered guy, not heavy but big, who might have been a day laborer with his snap-closure shirt rolled up to the elbows. No one sat beside him; in presence rather than size, he seemed to fill a row of his own. A young Latino couple-a sharply dressed young man and his hugely pregnant wife-patiently tolerated the two silently rambunctious preschoolers crawling all over them. An older man, who could have been an advertisement for mountain-climbing and Earth Shoes, sat just beyond the young couple. Who were these people? Who were they to Vincent?  

The screen went dark.  

Then from the darkness, a canvas appeared and, to the sound of Kerry's pure, sweet soprano singing "Liverpool Lullaby," a beautiful sequence of transparent photos of children was tacked to the cinematic canvas by an invisible hand. As soon as each eager face appeared, a name, height, and date of birth printed below it, like a Wanted poster, a visual force like a strong wind tore the picture off the screen. Beside the photos, words configured to look like a child's block printing unfurled. They read: A Pieces by Reese Production...written and produced by Vincent Cappadora and Rob conjunction with John Marco Ruffalo Projects...edited by Emily Sydney...

  Then came the last photo.  

The last photo was Ben's preschool photo.  

Beth gripped the arms of her seat. What?  

Twenty-two years ago, that very photo had occupied the whole cover of People magazine. For almost a decade, it claimed real estate in the center of the corkboard in the office of Detective Supervisor Candy Bliss, as she had searched tirelessly for Beth's kidnapped son, to no avail. Posters made from this photo melted to tatters under the pummeling of rain and snow and sun and more rain and snow on thousands of light poles all over the Midwest and beyond. And they had produced nothing but phone calls from every crazy who wasn't behind bars and some who were, and a single, valid rumor of the sighting of that little boy in Minneapolis with a "white-haired" woman. That white-haired woman turned out to be a dyed platinum blonde-Beth's old schoolmate Cecilia Lockhart. Everyone remembered Cecil as nuts but not nuts. Yet, it was she, at Beth's fifteenth high-school reunion, who had taken Ben's hand and strolled with him out of the hotel lobby and out of Beth's life, for nine unrelenting years.  

Though she tried, Beth could not stop her jaw from shuddering. She wanted to cling to Pat but dared not move. The last thing she wanted was to draw attention from the screen to herself.   And yet, she already had.  

Bryant Whittier, who sat in a cultivated posture of ease, flanked by his wife, Claire, elegant in a St. John knit suit, and his daughter, Blaine, demure for once in a designer wrap dress, saw Beth's minute gesture of distress. He recognized it from a dozen holding cells and living rooms. A defense lawyer, Bryant had observed closely the parents of the accused, particularly the moment when incredulity gave way to rage and then despair. Poor woman, he thought. She hadn't known.

  When he interviewed them, Vincent said that no one but the crew understood the substance of this documentary, but Bryant hadn't believed that "no one" included the Cappadora brothers' close family. The slender, expensive-looking woman had to be Vincent's mother. In profile, she was the exact image of Vincent. He had never shown them a picture of his parents, but Bryant had found old news photos of the case on the Internet. This clearly was Beth, more attractive than Bryant would have imagined she would be by now. Bryant did not like heavyset women. He sometimes reminded his surviving daughter, who rowed in a coxed quad, to watch her prodigious appetite at the training table. He made a covert inventory of Beth, a cultivated professional knack that also had its personal uses. It was unfortunate. Her husband, or the man he assumed was Vincent's father, slouched with his arms hanging at his sides, as though they'd been dislocated.  

Who would want to remember, if they didn't have to?   And yet, it was their son, who, for reasons of his own, had made this film that Bryant participated in only against his will. He had talked to Sam-the name Ben used for himself-and Vincent's camera only because Claire and Blaine, who still had hope that Bryant's missing daughter, Jacqueline, was alive, pleaded with him to do so. There was an awful fairness here. Why shouldn't the filmmaker's family share in the suffering ripped open anew for all the families Vincent had found and featured?

  Bryant put his hand on Claire's arm. She glanced at him, biting her lips. Bryant turned his attention back to the people in the three rows roped off by gold cord: The tiny girl whose long black hair swept over the baby swaddled in her arms? She wasn't Italian. Spanish of some kind?  

Ah, yes. Bryant was grown forgetful.  

This was Ben's wife.  

Ben had married the adopted daughter of the detective, Candy, the sainted policewoman-Candy, whom all the family loved so well. To Bryant's mind, being unable to find a child whose kidnapper had moved him to a house blocks from the place where the Cappadoras had grown up meant no genius at sleuthing! From what the Whittiers understood, twelve-year-old Ben had actually found his birth family on his own, rather than the other way around, quite by accident, when he was passing out flyers offering to mow lawns. Bryant gingerly stroked his well-clipped beard. Hadn't Ben admitted that he'd been raised by the innocent man the kidnapper married, whom he thought of as his father? "Adopted" by this man, Ted-or was it George-who had no inkling that "Sam" wasn't Cecilia's own child? Hadn't Ben said that his "mother" (the only mother he knew) spent most of his childhood in and out of institutions? Was it from Ben, or from a newspaper account, that Bryant had learned that Cecilia, an actor Claire said she'd seen on an old soap opera, finally committed suicide?  

Of course. Bryant would have read that. Ben...well, Sam, who still, oddly, answered only to the name given to him by the kidnapper, would not have volunteered it. For all his glad-handing humor, Ben was hard to know. Unlike his sister, he kept very definite doors closed.  

Where was the sister, Kerry, the pretty little singer? Oh, there she was, just visible behind a fold of curtain on the stage, standing beside Vincent, watching the audience. Kerry didn't just wear her heart on her sleeve; she had no sleeve. The ideal juror, Bryant thought. Emotional. Impressionable. Visible. He smiled blandly, the expression cheerful enough to convince anyone who didn't look into his eyes. The woodland path on the screen was familiar. Bryant had told police that his daughter, Jacqueline, had taken that route as she walked to her death.  

From the Hardcover edition.

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    This book is the long awaited sequel to the award winning first novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard, The Deep End of the Ocean. In that story 3-year-old Ben Cappadora is kidnapped from a hotel lobby where his mother is checking into her 15th high school reunion. His disappearance tears the family apart and invokes separate experiences of anguish, denial, and self-blame. Marital problems and delinquency in Ben's older brother (in charge of him the day of his kidnapping) arise. Ben returned to his family miraculously after nine years, and the family started to heal but Ben never felt like he belonged.

    No Time To Wave Goodbye starts with the Ben/Sam being married with a child, Kerry is studying to be an opera singer, and Vincent still trying to find himself as he still blames himself for Ben's kidnapping, currently working as a filmmaker. He has a wonderful idea for a documentary but knows his family won't understand his idea and it will probably create more family problems before it heals any. His idea is to focus on five families caught in the same place his family was after Ben was taken. The only way to get this film to work and to get people to tell their stories is to get his brother Ben involved, which takes a bit of begging and pleading but he finally agrees.

    The film turns out to be a huge success, earning an Academy Award for best documentary. While the family is celebrating the unthinkable happens and this family is swept up in a situation that brings the past to life again.

    I was one of the people who really wanted to know what happened to this family. After you read a book like The Deep End of the Ocean you find yourself entwined in the family's life and you need to know what happened. The author even tells us the reason the sequel took so long was that she didn't think she could write it. On her website she says "And suddenly, in the midst of working on another book, I knew. I knew the story that would become No Time to Wave Goodbye, the book I hope you're now holding in your hands. It was the most natural thing in the world. "

    No Time To Wave Goodbye is Jacquelyn Mitchard at her best. This story will grab you from page 1 and will have you crying by page 185 and will have your spine tingling by the end of the book. You will never forget this story. It's a powerful sequel that is just as good as the first maybe even better.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Excellent Follow-up

    When I bought this book I did not realize it was a follow-up to The Deep End of the Ocean. At first I was a little nervous, but after a few pages, I could not put the book down. The characters, storyline and twists and turns were powerful. This is one sequel you don't want to miss!

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    touching sequel to a blockbuster hit

    Few who read the book or saw the film of Mitchard's first novel, The Deep End Of The Ocean, have forgotten it. Not only was the book a blockbuster hit and Oprah's first book selection, but the harrowing story of a kidnaped child resonated in the hearts of millions. We wept and then rejoiced when Beth Cappadora's son, Ben, was returned at the age of 12.

    However, the ordeal not only had a devastating effect upon the family but left Ben a bit at sea, no longer quite feeling as if he were a true Cappadora with an older brother, Vincent, and a sister, Kerry. In fact, as we learn in this eagerly awaited sequel Ben insists upon being called Sam, the name the kidnaper gave him. There have been recriminations in the family, tensions, of course, yet all seems to be well now that the children are grown. Ben is married and has a baby daughter, Stella; Vincent is an aspiring film maker; Kerry studies to be an opera singer.

    Vincent does succeed in having a film produced, not only produced but it is nominated for an Academy Award. The subject of the film, five families who suffer from never knowing what has happened to their abducted children, has affected Beth most deeply as she continues to feel guilty for not taking better care of Ben on the day he was taken. Nonetheless, the family comes together to go to the Academy Awards ceremony, happy for Vincent's success. Their joy is short lived when Ben's baby girl is abducted, a heinous crime its horror is increased by memories of the past.

    One often wonders if sequels are a good idea, especially when following an over the top success. For this reader/listener Mitchard more than stepped up to the challenge.

    Film and television actress Susan Denaker delivers an able reading as she voices characters who are by turns tentative, quarrelsome, loving, angst ridden, hopeful.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    No Time to Wave Goodbye--a Great Sequel


    I just received an advance copy of Jacqueline Mitchard's newest book No Time to Wave Goodbye and I devoured it. It is the riveting sequel to Deep End of the Ocean, Mitchard's first novel which was chosen as Oprah's first Book Club entry in September 1996. As the new novel opens, Beth Cappadora is about to watch the premier of her oldest son Vincent's documentary film whose gut-wrenching theme of family life after a child is abducted and lost comes as a complete shock to the Cappadora parents. Mitchard cuts through each tortured documentary family member's personality and Beth Cappadora's own tattered soul as she is forced to watch the terror of the days after her son Ben was kidnapped. It has been a decade since I read the Deep End, but the characters rematerialized in No Time to Wave Goodbye with consistency and every flaw intact. Although years have passed since the Cappadora family reunited with their middle son Ben, the wounds of the trauma are still palpable. Parents and children have grown, healed a bit, modified, adjusted, and now share new places in each other's lives. A certain settling in process has transpired over the years with a rather uneasy peace.

    The family revels in the joy and success of Vincent's documentary but ultimately the exposure creates new horrors that force the Cappadoras' to painfully trudge down another dark but familiar alley. This time the roles are switched, and the painstaking search for one of their own brings new awareness and surprising insights. We expect sharp storytelling and wonderful prose from Ms. Mitchard and I'm thankful that she brought this First Family of Cappadoras back for another round of enlightenment. It may be hard to picture how a book with this rare, dark theme could have a universal quality to it! No Time to Wave Goodbye successfully exposes the coping strategies, shells and personas we use to express our humanness, and left me feeling like adaptation and the love that requires it, are perhaps the most important human traits of all.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Very Good Read

    Enjoyed this novel very much. Straight fordward entertainment with some mystery and an excellent surprise at the end Joanne PC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010


    Yes, it could happen to all of us. How the original kidnapping eventually lead to the this one -- didn't see it coming.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    what a sequel!

    Never dreamed there would be a sequel and I was not holding high hope that this one would hold a candle to the first but I was totally wrong.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Interesting sequel

    This book started out much better than it finished. Some characters are just not believable, nor is the plot. Better than some Of her books, but she needs to work on believable characters and development.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Enjoy Jacqueln Mitchard once again

    I just finished reading her new book, No Time To Wave Goodbye. I love her style of writing and this book doesn't disappoint. Although the first chapter or two everything from her previous book is rehashed, I believe it was necessary to bring a new reader up to the present time with the family and their trials. Held my interest to the last page.
    Thanks Jacquelyn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2009

    Stupid, stupid, stupid book

    I enjoyed the 1st half of this book, the last half was stupid. I figured out right away who would be stealing the baby, I also figured that he had probably killed his own daughter. The stupid part was the rescue. They took 20 cell phones with them and no one tried to use them for a rescue helicopter????? Ok, maybe no reception, but a miracle happened and cell reception became great, everyone was getting to talk to everyone. And why did Vincent leave the cabin??? Because the wood was wet and they couldn't build a fire? How was he supposed to help, when he didn't think an experienced tracker could help? And why oh why did he just take 1 cell phone with him? And why didn't he take his gloves from his brother. This part of the book was so totally unbelievable and stupid. Also, Ben is a pretensious butt head.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Wonderful Sequel!

    If you read The Deep End Of The Ocean and loved it as much as I did I think you will love this book. Jacquelyn Mitchard does not disappoint. I am sometimes leery of sequels. This one was excellent!

    I once again fell in love with the Cappadora family. They have all aged a little but still are pretty much the same people they were in the first novel. I felt like I never lost touch with them. They have all been affected by Ben/Sam's kidnapping and eventual return. It has played a huge role in the people they have become. I think it's interesting that this book addresses not only kidnapping but what happens after. How do families go on living? This book pulls you in right from the get go. It seems the family is adjusting well to life. The kids are grown. Ben/Sam is married and a father, Kerry is on her way to becoming an opera singer, and Vincent has made a documentary which will change all their lives. Unfortunately the Cappadora's have to relive the horrible past with a new kidnapping in the family. It's hard to review it and not give the story away so I won't say too much. I read the bulk of the book in one day. I could not put it down. I just had to know what happened. There are many twists in the novel. Just when I thought I had it figured out, there was another suspect in my mind. I felt Beth's pain as she relived her own nightmare but then has to also watch her son live the same nightmare. I absolutely loved this book! This is one of the best books I have read this year.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    Excited for Next One Already

    The Cappadora family is welcome in my home any time. I read "Deep End of the Ocean" many years ago, saw the movie once on the big screen, then on video, my mother listened to the audio book and I grabbed it and listened, then read the book again - all this over a period of several years. I was delighted when I heard that there would be more . . . . . that once again we would have the opportunity to renew our relationship with this family. Jacquelyn Mitchard has an insight into family dynamics that is remarkable. From page one, I knew it would be an adventure with twists and turns - feelings of betrayal and feelings of love and desperation.
    I was thrilled with the success of Vincent, happy that Ben had found a life he could embrace and, pleased that Kerry was encouraging and supporting her family. Often when there is a tragedy as experienced by this family, the unit cannot hold together, and hearts cannot mend. "No Time To Wave Goodbye" keeps readers wondering if such will be the case for the Cappadoras. From the Oscars to the wilderness, this family has endured it all. Many of us can relate to the pain and agony that can happen when families are attacked from within and without.
    Beth is every woman. That is why so many relate to her and her desires, passions, frustrations and sense of longing for family and normalcy. Jackie Mitchard truly has an insight into every woman. This is the best book I have read all year and I read a lot.
    Can't wait for this author to give us even more.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Another Amazing Novel from Jacquelyn Mitchard

    Sequels sometimes work. And Jacquelyn Mitchard's No Time To Wave Goodbye without question is one of those sometimes. And what a sequel! We return to the world of the Cappadoras more than twenty years after Ben's kidnapping in The Deep End of the Ocean, the first Oprah bookclub selection. Ben is now married with a daughter. Kerry is a voice student. Vincent is a filmmaker who has made a well-regarded documentary on childhood abduction that garners an Oscar nomination.

    Then something happens and the Cappadora family is once again thrown into ultimate turmoil that takes us from Chicago to LA to the mountains. Emotionally riveting, characters so real they could be our neighbors, plot painfully plausible and possible, Jacquelyn Mitchard has created another brilliant read.

    Jackie, in her work, puts real people into extraordinary circumstances and shows us what she sees. No Time To Wave Goodbye does exactly that. It is the truth pulled from the jaws of fiction.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009


    Oh the Cappadoras, those amazing Cappadoras are back! This wonderfully written novel takes us back to the sad heartwrenching story of the family we fell in love with from The Deep End of the Ocean. Jackie makes the "s word" (sequel) not so dirty. I oftentimes wondered what happened to the tragic Beth Cappadora and her family. Jackie's wonderful writing style and flow brought it all back to me and gave me so much more insight on the survival of a family. I felt like I was right there sitting next to mother Beth as she watches the debut of her eldest son's movie debut. Many authors just tell the story, Jacqueline makes you feel it inside. If you read The Deep End of the Ocean you HAVE to finish the epic tale with No Time To Wave Goodbye.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    "No Time to Wave Goodbye" is Jacqueline Mitchard's newest novel. It is a great book, and should definitely be placed on your bookshelf, right next to her excellent first novel "The Deep End of the Ocean". Anxious readers have been waiting 14 years to find out what happened to the Cappadora family...did Vincent's tissue-thin shell of guilt and regret finally crack? Did Beth and Pat stay together, or was their marriage doomed to fall apart? And what about Ben, the little 3 year old boy who had been spirited away from a crowded, bustling hotel lobby? He was reunited with his real family, but was it still Ben? His past 9 years with a loving, adoptive father shaped him into a wonderful young man named Sam. Was there any part of Ben left inside this "new" boy?

    All those questions will be answered, but the most amazing thing about this book is that when Jacqueline Mitchard wrote such a poignant and eloquent first novel, we remembered these people!

    (I don't know about you, but I can't think of many popular books I've read that had characters I can recall and wonder about 14 years later. Of course we all remember Heathcliff and Catherine, but have you EVER wondered what became of some character written by an author who's churned out so many books that all she has to do now is change names, dates and locations? No one is curious if Lady What's-her name sewed up the ripped bodice of her dress that Sir Whoever(by causing said lady's bosom to heave) was responsible for anyway!)

    This is because Jacqueline Mitchard writes about people we know and can empathize with. Often when I read one of her novels, I feel like I'm "listening in" on a private conversation, or reading in print about a situation I've actually experienced. She quite simply grabbed us by the heartstrings with "Deep End" and somehow didn't let go until now with "No Time to Wave Goodbye".

    For those (very few) of you who haven't read "Deep End...", don't despair!
    "No Time to Wave Goodbye" will catch you up to speed without belaboring the point. Don't think that this is some rehashing of the original story - it has no problem standing alone as an excellent piece of fiction. The characters are, as in all of her novels, realistic and eerily familiar. We care about them; we want to know what happens to them. This story is in turn thrilling, touching and thoroughly entertaining. ( Extra personal opinion : I hope they make this into a movie using all the same actors from "Deep End".)

    I don't think there are many people who haven't read "The Deep End of the Ocean" by Jaqueline Mitchard. It is the book that brought READING back into American life! Everyone was talking about it. Everyone was buying it, or reading it or borrowing it from someone, or getting on that way-too-long-list at the library. Of course, being Oprah's first book club book helped, but it was the story that stuck with you. You remembered the characters and you felt their anguish and fear.

    Please treat yourself to a wonderful story. You may be emotionally drained when you finish it, you may give one of your kids an extra hug or check on them just one more time before you go to bed, but you definitely will have all those questions I posed at the beginning of this review answered. And I'm pretty sure you'll agree with me that now "No Time to Wave Goodbye" is finally here, it has been WELL WORTH the WAI

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

    "No Time to Wave Good-bye"

    Jacquelyn Mitchard's latest, "No Time to Wave Good-bye," is a work nearly thirteen years in the making, much to the chagrin of her anxious fans. Needless to say, any reader will be mesmerized from the start, transfixed by a combination of well developed characters, an established story line, and truly beautiful prose.

    The sequel to "The Deep End of the Ocean" invites readers back into the lives of the Cappadora family, who have all grown considerably since the last time they entered our heads and our lives, and have all dealt with the kidnapping and subsequent return of Ben in their own ways, for better or worse. These characters truly feel like old friends to anyone who has read the preceding novel, yet are strong enough to stand alone in this work of fiction.

    The familiarity of the characters and setting of this work may be what draw readers in, as surely they want to find out whatever happened to this endearing family. However, the true lure of this book soon proves to be the sheer suspense of the often unexpected triumphs and tragedies that stay present in ones thoughts long after they have read the last page.

    Though the Cappadora family exists solely in the imagination of Mitchard and her devoted fans, the characters become almost real as they give readers true cause for frustration, celebration, and mourning alike. This unique tale is unable to be categorized, and exists as a poignant and suspenseful examination of the limits of the human spirit.

    This novel, like it's characters, is not perfect. However, it's beautifully displayed instances of raw human emotion are true to form, and readers will surely be able to see themselves in the thoughts and actions portrayed by a family continually doing the best that they can.

    The optimal reading of "No Time to Wave Good-bye" will be done with a copy of "The Deep End of the Ocean" close by, as devoted readers will surely want to flip between the two. Once finished, close the book and open it again- the second reading is every bit as sweet as the first.

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