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The Deep End of the Ocean (Oprah's Book Club)
by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Published: 1999-10-01
Paperback : 464 pages
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"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 ...
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"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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What was with the pictures taken in the cemetary of dead children? Beth and Sam (Ben) went there together to form some kind of bond with each other.
by cvssnowbird (see profile) 05/04/11

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  "The deep end"by laram (see profile) 05/26/11

way to much time spent on the mom's pity party. as they say "put on the big girl panties and deal!"

 
  "The Deep End of the Ocean"by tlathan (see profile) 05/17/11

Very interesting - not sure how I would handle - probably not like she did.

 
  "The Deep End of the Ocean"by cvssnowbird (see profile) 05/04/11

Bizarre Family

 
  "The deep end of the ocean"by msharry (see profile) 03/15/11

Heartbreaking account of life in aftermath of tragedy. The paralyzing effect of disappearance of a child on the parents but just as dramatically on the siblings. I wanted to shake Mom until she saw the... (read more)

 
  "The Deep End of the Ocean"by mgenduso (see profile) 01/17/10

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