The Dive From Clausen's Pier. A Novel. by Ann Packer

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In this beautifully written, intelligent, and completely absorbing first novel, Ann Packer provides a refreshingly insightful meditation on the classic quest for identity and fulfillment. As Packer sends her main character packing -- from Wisconsin to New York City, fleeing a fiance and long-time boyfriend who was recently paralyzed in a terrible diving accident -- she shows us a woman suddenly awakening to her potential, realizing a vibrant new identity, and asking herself difficult questions about how to balance what we owe to friends and family with our responsibility to be true to ourselves.

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Ann Packer is the author of two best-selling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen's Pier, the latter of which received a Great Lakes Book Award, an American Library Association Award, and the Kate Chopin Literary Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Vogue, and Real Simple. Also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories, she lives in northern California with her family.
Published September 26, 2002 by Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd.
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Packer's engrossing debut novel begins without ostentation. On Memorial Day, Carrie Bell and her fiancé, Mike Mayer, drive out to Clausen's Pier for their annual ritual, a picnic with

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(Press material from the Knopf publicity department reveals that the author's father was partially paralyzed, an intimate experience that may explain why Mike is by far her most vividly drawn character, and why it is he and not Carrie who begins and ends the book.) She's written a first novel who...

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