The Deep End of the Ocean

The Deep End of the Ocean

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The disappearance of her three-year-old son Ben threatens to drive a wedge between Beth Cappadora and her husband, Pat, and transforms her older son into a troubled delinquent, until one day nine years later when Ben comes back into their lives

Blackwell North Amer
"Watch your brother," says Beth Cappadora to her seven-year-old son, Vincent. She's checking in at her high school reunion in Chicago. Even with a hotel clerk who is, in Beth's estimation, slower than weight loss, it's not more than five minutes before she turns again and asks, "Where's Ben?"
It's the moment every mother dreads. Three-year-old Ben is gone. And no one can find him.
Despite a police search that will turn into a nation-wide obsession, Ben has vanished, seemingly without a trace. His disappearance will leave Beth frozen on a knife-edge of suppressed agony for nine years and drive a shattering wedge through her marriage to Pat - who, though he is a man of consummate kindness, can do nothing to bring his boy back. It will transform their other son, Vincent, into a delinquent who courts danger in an attempt to break the bell jar of silence that surrounds the whole Cappadora family.
Then, just after the Cappadoras move back to Chicago to help start a family restaurant, something so unexpected happens, it changes everything that once seemed true or possible. And perhaps, only perhaps, it will give Beth what she thought was gone forever: a reason to live.

Baker
& Taylor

The disappearance of her three-year-old son Ben threatens to drive a wedge between Beth Cappadora and her husband, Pat, and transforms her older son into a troubled delinquent, until, one day, nine years later, Ben comes back into their lives. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1996
ISBN: 9780670865796
0670865796
Branch Call Number: FICTION MITCH
Characteristics: viii, 434 pages ; 24 cm

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Saved1004 Aug 08, 2011

I've just begun my mission of trying to read all the books on Oprah's Book Club list & this was her first pick. I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe if I read as fast as she does I could feel the flow of it but because I am a relatively slow reader (thanks to my 10 month old) I didn't feel the "oomph" or the "wow" that should make a Book Club list. It started out without any profanity and then one of the author's youngest characters just started throwing it around, which wasn't totally necessary. The book was ok or just average in my humble opinion. I will see if Oprah & I have similar tastes in books as I move on to book #2 on her list.

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