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Christmas, PresentAs Oprah's first book club pick, Jacquelyn Mitchard's ''The Deep End of the Ocean'' rocketed to the top of the charts. ''Ocean'' was a finely crafted...Christmas, PresentFictionAs Oprah's first book club pick, Jacquelyn Mitchard's ''The Deep End of the Ocean'' rocketed to the top of the charts. ''Ocean'' was a finely crafted...2003-12-24
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Christmas, Present

Genre: Fiction; Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard; Status: In Season

As Oprah’s first book club pick, Jacquelyn Mitchard’s ”The Deep End of the Ocean” rocketed to the top of the charts. ”Ocean” was a finely crafted novel that deserved its accolades; Christmas, Present – at a slim 132 pages – is nothing but a sappy attempt to cash in on the lucrative holiday-book market. Elliott and Laura are celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary on Dec. 23 when Laura gets a headache that turns out to be much more than a headache: As the ER doctor bluntly informs them, Laura is hemorrhaging in her brain, and she’s going to die that very night – which she does, as the nurses trill ”Silent Night.” What could have been a three-hankie weeper goes down like leaden, lukewarm eggnog.

Originally posted December 24 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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