No Time to Wave Goodbye

No Time to Wave Goodbye

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Though eventually returned to his family nine years after being abducted at age three, Ben Cappadora has never felt entirely at ease with his birth family. Now that all three of the Cappadora children are grown and Ben is married with a baby girl, the whole Cappadora family is shaken to the core by Ben's brother Vincent's documentary that focuses on the families of abducted children.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009.
ISBN: 9781400067749
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,25 cm.


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OPL_KrisC Nov 25, 2017

This book is a sequel to Mitchard's The Deep End of the Ocean. I haven't read "Deep End", but I was able to follow things pretty well in this second book, so I don't think reading the first book is necessary in order to read the second.

"No Time" takes place some time after the events of "Deep End". Ben/Sam, the boy who was kidnapped in the first book, is all grown up, married, with an infant daughter. His brother, Vincent, with Ben's help, has produced a documentary about five families who have had children abducted. The film does amazingly well, and is nominated for an Academy Award. On the night of the Oscars, at the height of all the buzz of excitement and good feeling, something terrible happens to the family that puts them right back into the what they experienced when Ben was abducted.

While most of the "action" in the book relates to this new situation, the book is really about the relationships among the members of the Cappadora family. Although Ben was reunited with his family, he had lived with his kidnapper for much of his younger life. He feels awkward and out of place with this old/new family; he calls his parents by their first names, prefers to be called "Sam" (the name his kidnapper had given him); and he still refers to his kidnapper's husband as "Dad". The suspense of Oscar night, and the events that follow, bring him and his family back together again, as he realizes the love his parents and siblings have (and have always had) for him.

Mitchard's writing style is sometimes difficult to follow, with oddly placed commas and phrases, and sentences that sometimes seem out of place. This seems to be more of a problem in the first half of the book; when the real "action" starts, it's not nearly as noticeable, and it's much easier to follow what's going on. And the ending of the story is absolutely beautiful.

kelleypoole Mar 03, 2014

This book reminds me of a made for TV movie on the W Channel. Mindless, dramatic.

Mar 09, 2013

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