The Deep End of the Ocean

The Deep End of the Ocean

By Jacquelyn Mitchard

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140286274, 434pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1999

"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.

About the Author
"New York Times" bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard has written many novels for adults, including "Two If by Sea". She has also written young adult novels; children s books; a memoir, "Mother Less Child;" and a collection of essays, " The Rest of Us" "Dispatches from the Mother Ship". Her first novel, "The Deep End of the Ocean", was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, later adapted for a feature film starring and produced by Michelle Pfeiffer. Mitchard is the editor in chief and co-creator of Merit Press and a professor of fiction and creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children.