The Deep End of the Ocean

The Deep End of the Ocean

by Jacquelyn Mitchard
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Overview

The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

"Masterful...A big story about human connection and emotional survival" - Los Angeles Times 

The first book ever chosen by Oprah's Book Club

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101199565
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/1997
Series: Oprah's Book Club Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 126,475
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of the bestselling novel The Deep End of the Ocean and of two nonfiction books, including Mother Less Child: The Love Story of a Family. She has been featured on NBC's Today Show and CBS This Morning, and has been profiled in such national publications as People and Newsweek. A contributing editor to Ladies' Home Journal, Mitchard and her five children live in Madison, Wisconsin.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hometown:

Madison, Wisconsin

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Education:

B.A. in English, Rockford College, 1973

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The Deep End of the Ocean 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
SuperMomof4 More than 1 year ago
"The Deep End of the Ocean" is a moving account of a family coming to grips with the nightmare of losing a child. The writing is strong and the plot, although somewhat predictable, keeps moving so that the pages keep turning. The book is thought-provoking and quite emotional. The book contains some sexual content and profanity. I enjoyed the book although it was a difficult subject. It is not a light read, but certainly worthwhile and I would recommend it to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot even bring myself to take it to the used book store. I don't want to put anyone else through the misery. I kept waiting for it to get better, it didn't. The ending was a complete disappointment. I like the comment about using it for firewood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book Review I give Deep End of The Ocean by Jaclyn Mitchard three stars. Two negative aspects that I saw in this book where, how Mitchard portrayed the mother Beth. Also at certain parts of the novel it drags on and on and it bores you after while. One of the positive aspects I saw in this book is that it was realistic because any mother could loose their child in an instant as Beth did. Also even though the book dragged on at times it still was easy to follow. I recommend this book to all mothers, so they can try to understand the pain that Beth went through losing her child for many years. All mothers could relate to Beth¿s pain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expected more from this novel. It was a task for me to turn the pages. Too slow, Too dragged out. I wouldn't reccomend it.
Anonymous 6 months ago
WITH YOUR EYES SHUT!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out good, and there were parts that were engrossing. The last half though was pretty drawn-out and not very realistic. Not one of my faves of Oprah's Book Club picks...
BookBurn16 More than 1 year ago
This book is a brilliant study of abduction. And there were so many times I wanted to slap the mother. I could never understand her sense of loss and guilt and it was this alone that allowed me to hold onto my compassion. She was certainly flawed and I enjoy flawed characters, many times these types of characters you will not entirely love. I am okay with that. It is so beautifully crafted and the second half from the son's point of view (the one that was left behind to deal with all of this) saved this book from being mediocre and propelled it into a must read. It was wonderful, and I felt so deeply for him. This tragedy destroyed them, in so many ways and yes, the mother always seemed as if she were the only one suffering and that was her greatest crime. That she didn't love her family after that day, nor did she love herself. The writing is wonderful, the pacing was a tad slow, it was longer than it needed to be, but not terribly so. I would recommend that if you wanted to explore childhood abduction without having to deal with stark abuse, sexual exploitation this one is much more safe. I do not need to read the details of what happens to these children. I never want to read that. I was pleased that I didn't have to. Surprisingly there are characters (the investigating police officer) that are just as compelling as the main characters. I always appreciate well-written secondary characters.
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kaymeister More than 1 year ago
Seriously...I thought this book was weak. I read reviews and bought it based on those reviews. I am so sorry I spent my vacation reading it. It was not a thriller. It was not even interesting. It was mostly about a woman that was pathological and I am wondering about the author herself. Don't waste your time reading it. I wish I could find trustworthy and good reviews for books but this is the last straw. You cannot trust any of the reviews anymore...the critiques must be paid off....
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sassypickle More than 1 year ago
Too wordy and detailed, dragged on and on. The story picked up just as I was starting to think about giving up on this book, only to fall flat again. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.
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