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The Deep End of the Ocean book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Few first novels receive the kind of attention and acc. The Deep End of the Ocean is a best-selling novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard, released in Awards and nominations[edit]. The novel was the first Oprah Book Club selection in September (ISBN ). The Deep End of the Ocean (Cappadora Family Series Book 1) and millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible.

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One of the most remarkable things about this rich, moving and altogether stunning first novel is Mitchard's assured command of narrative structure and stylistic. "Masterful A big story about human connection and emotional survival" - Los Angeles Times The first book ever chosen by Oprah's Book Club Few. The horror of losing a child is somehow made worse when the case goes unsolved for nearly a decade, reports Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist.

It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jacquelyn Mitchard , a bestseller that was the very first novel selected by Oprah Winfrey to be discussed on Oprah's Book Club in Beth and Pat Cappadora's 3-year-old son Ben vanishes in a crowded hotel lobby during Beth's high school reunion. The ensuing frantic search is unsuccessful, and Beth goes through a sustained nervous breakdown. Unable to cope with her devastation, Beth unintentionally neglects her other children, Vincent and Kerry. After nine years, the family has seemingly accepted that Ben has gone forever, when a familiar-looking boy turns up at their house, introducing himself as Sam and offers to mow their lawn. Beth is convinced that Sam is actually her son, and begins an investigation that culminates in the discovery that Ben was kidnapped at the ill-fated high school reunion years ago, by a mentally unstable woman who was a high school classmate of Beth's. This woman brought up Ben as her own child, until she committed suicide. The attempted re-integration of Ben back into the Cappadora family produces painful results for all involved. Eventually, the family decides that what's best for Ben is to return him to his adoptive father, and Beth returns him to his house.

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The Deep End of the Ocean

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Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. The Deep End of the Ocean. Description "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.

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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. Other books in this series. A New Earth Eckhart Tolle. Add to basket.

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A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry. Midwives Chris Bohjalian. Stones from the River Ursula Hegi. Another visitor appears days later and it's Sam, mostly known as Ben and he reveals that he remembered something from before his abduction, playing with Vincent and Vincent finding him, causing him to feel safe. After Pat bailing Vincent, one night Vincent finds Sam playing basketball outside.

Vincent, who has carried guilt for letting go of Ben at the reunion, is forgiven by Ben who decides to return to living with his real family, but first plays a game of basketball with his brother with their parents secretly watching from the living room window.

According to a small behind-the-scenes booklet featured on the DVD release, the film began production on October 27, and was predominantly shot in Los Angeles.

Oprah Winfrey was considered for the role of Det. Candace "Candy" Bliss before Whoopi Goldberg was cast.

Deep End of the Ocean by Mitchard, First Edition, penguin

A different ending was filmed which tested poorly with audiences who felt it was too grim. Despite being the original ending of the book, not to mention producer Michelle Pfeiffer 's preferred ending, the studio opted for the more conventional happy ending.

Grosbard mercifully avoids melodrama.

And he paces the film so simply and determinedly that its early scenes are like a string of picture postcards, each one depicting a new phase of the family's ordeal. Only when the film seeks tidy resolution for a tangled set of problems does this restraint seem overwhelmed by the complexity of the situation.

But the only real false notes are musical ones, from a score by Elmer Bernstein that turns familiar and trite when the film does not. In Variety , Emanuel Levy praised all aspects of the film: In the first reel, Pfeiffer is brilliant as an anxious mother consumed with finding her lost son. Dominating scene after scene, she conveys anguish and guilt in an all-out performance that ranks with her best Coming from the theater, Grosbard has always coaxed strong performances from his handpicked casts, but Deep End' s technical sheen places this outing at the top of his oeuvre.

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Stephen Goldblatt 's clean lensing, Elmer Bernstein 's evocative score, Dan Davis' crafty production design, Susie DeSanto's authentic costumes and, particularly, John Bloom's fluent editing serve as models for efficient storytelling, representing mainstream cinema at its best. The Deep End of the Ocean has nothing but the noblest of intentions, and Grosbard 's direction is meticulous, sober and tasteful, but the movie is so deliberate, so enervated that you feel as if you're watching it through glass In a difficult role that he doesn't quite pull off, Ryan Merriman plays Sam, the year-old whose allegiance is split between two homes.

As his damaged older brother, Jonathan Jackson brings such confidence, maturity and self-possession that he seems to belong in another movie. And Whoopi Goldberg - all-purpose, you-got-a-part-I'll-play-it Whoopi - shows up as a helpful detective named Candy Bliss. In Rolling Stone , Peter Travers held a similar view: Treat Williams excels as the husband, as does Whoopi Goldberg , a detective who helps the parents in their search.

In Entertainment Weekly , Michael Sauter also found the lead performances superior to the film as a whole: Far less effective, however, is the rest of the story, set nine years later, when the boy resurfaces But if the film was less than satisfying as a big-screen event, it's still worth renting for Pfeiffer, who valiantly portrays the devastating complexities of grief and guilt.

Ebert wrote that " Ulu Grosbard 's The Deep End of the Ocean is a painfully stolid movie that lumbers past emotional issues like a wrestler in a cafeteria line, putting a little of everything on his plate.

It provides big roles for Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams , but doesn't provide them with the screenplay support they need; the result is that awkwardness when characters express emotions that the audience doesn't share. After all, the movie — based on Jacquelyn Mitchard 's novel — is about losing a child. This is, essentially, emotional blackmail for anyone with a family. Two hundred monkeys fighting over one word processor could make you cry over material like that.

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