Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Table of Contents: The Dive From Clausen's Pier

Author: Ann Packer
Publisher: Vintage
Year: 2003
Synopsis: Carrie Bell has lived in Wisconsin all her life. She's had the same best friend, the same good relationship with her mother, the same boyfriend, Mike, now her fiancé, for as long as anyone can remember. It's with real surprise she finds that, at age twenty-three, her life has begun to feel suffocating. She longs for a change, an upheaval, for a chance to begin again. That chance is granted to her, terribly, when Mike is injured in an accident. Now Carrie has to question everything she thought she knew about herself and the meaning of home. She must ask: How much do we owe the people we love? Is it a sign of strength or of weakness to walk away from someone in need?

What Others Have To Say:

The New York Times
[Packer] is a careful, elegant writer who more often than not has deeper currents in mind as she describes the surface of Carrie's story."

Packer untangles compelling ideas about devotion and sacrifice from her protagonist's quandary."

USA Today
"The novel poses a plenitude of moral questions: what defines love, the meaning of responsibility, the concept of "being there" for people vs. pursuing one's personal destiny."

A conversation with the Ann Packer.
Read an excerpt from the book.
Information on the 2005 Lifetime movie and find it over on YouTube.

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