Christmas, Present 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… Christmas, Present 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… 2003-10-21 Fiction
Book Review

Christmas, Present (2003)

Christmas, Present | CASHING IN ON CHRISTMAS Mitchard's new novel offers nothing but predictable melodrama for consumers this holiday season
CASHING IN ON CHRISTMAS Mitchard's new novel offers nothing but predictable melodrama for consumers this holiday season
EW's GRADE
D

Details Release Date: Oct 21, 2003; Writer: Jacquelyn Mitchard; Genre: Fiction

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 Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints
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