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NO TIME TO WAVE GOODBYE
by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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It's been a long time coming, but Mitchard has written the sequel to her bestselling novel The Deep End of the Ocean, which focuses on how a family copes with a tragic event. It feels like there's only been a Band-Aid holding the wounded Cappadoras together, and when it's ripped off, intense feelings and emotions pour out. They act human in all their imperfections and come close to losing everything, but somehow manage to come through it all intact. The 13 years between novels has been worth the wait.

Twenty-two years have passed since Beth and Pat Cappadora's 3-year-old son Ben was kidnapped. Through a quirk of fate, he was reunited with the family nine years later. Oldest son Vincent, now a filmmaker, has made a documentary, the subject of which he's kept a secret from his parents.

The night of the premiere, Beth and Pat are shocked that the film focuses on the trauma of child abduction. It brings back all the dormant feelings of their own experience. Beth is proud when the film gets an Academy Award nomination, but on the big night, the family once again has the spotlight focused on them when a dangerous situation throws their life into turmoil and Beth wonders if the past can ever truly be healed. (RANDOM HOUSE, Sep., 208 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Sandra Garcia-Myers

Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE

Published: September 2009

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