No Time to Wave Goodbye: A Novel

No Time to Wave Goodbye: A Novel

by Jacquelyn Mitchard
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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. http://dollycas.blogspot.com/
Momof5IA More than 1 year ago
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.
NancyT More than 1 year ago
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!
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
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
dulceylima More than 1 year ago
NO TIME TO WAVE GOODBYE 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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Joanne Pelican-Cohen More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this novel very much. Straight fordward entertainment with some mystery and an excellent surprise at the end Joanne PC
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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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bbsatzx56 More than 1 year ago
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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retromom More than 1 year ago
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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lepking1948 More than 1 year ago
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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JessiSweeneyPacetti More than 1 year ago
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.
RockyinIrving More than 1 year ago
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.