The Dive from Clausen's Pier

The Dive from Clausen's Pier

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by Ann Packer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0613628985

ISBN-13: 9780613628983

Pub. Date: 07/01/2003

Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval

A riveting novel about loyalty and self-knowledge, and the conflict between who we want to be to others and who we must be for ourselves.

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…  See more details below

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A riveting novel about loyalty and self-knowledge, and the conflict between who we want to be to others and who we must be for ourselves.

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?

The Dive from Clausen’s Pier reminds us how precarious our lives are and how quickly they can be divided into before and after, whether by random accident or by the force of our own desires. It begins with a disaster that could happen, out of the blue, in anybody’s life, and it forces us to ask how we would bear up in the face of tragedy and what we know, or think we know, about our deepest allegiances. Elegantly written and ferociously paced, emotionally nuanced and morally complex, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier marks the emergence of a prodigiously gifted new novelist.

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ISBN-13:
9780613628983
Publisher:
Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Pages:
413
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The Dive from Clausen's Pier 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading all the reviews for this book because it elicits such strong opinions from people. My mom recommended this book to me not because she absolutely loved it but because she wanted someone to discuss it with. Now THAT makes it a worthy book--not whether you loved the main character or whether it ends nice and neatly. Read Nicholas Sparks if you want that kind of story. Although I didn't like Carrie or agree with half of her decisions (she made me so mad sometimes and don't even get me started on Kilroy), I still enjoyed the book. This is a well-written novel that shows how messy life really is, how some people deal with tragedy, and how people are capable of doing very hurtful things.
BeckyNC More than 1 year ago
This novel deals with young love, growth, dreams and harsh realities of spinal cord injury. When the story ends you want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. The emotion was very real, very moving. The characters were very clearly drawn. A book I will not forget.
CACIA More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book by Ann Packer. Carrie was placed in a difficult situation after Mike's accident as to whether to stay or go and become her own person. Mike's life and that of those close to him changed dramatically that day at Clausen's Pier. Life as known by them before that fateful day would never return. Difficult decisions had to be made. But I don't suppose many of us would have had the nerve to just walk away and go so far away with little contact with her family and friends for so many months. And then later to walk away from her new life in NYC -- each time she left so many lives were left in turmoil. How could she do it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a good book..but left a lot unfinished.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ended up really really enjoying this book! The summary actually didn't sound too great when I first picked it up, but I ended up loving it. It is a sweet and complex tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days, I couldn't put it down, it was so HONEST. Its one of those books where after you finish you're sad you're done and you feel full.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Dive From Clausen's Pier' starts off slow but gets rocking. There are complicated issues discussed in this book, as well as relationships and questions about obligations and expectations vs. doing whats right for you. Carrie, the main character, must go through all she does in the book to be on her way to disover who she is. The book was great and it was a wonderful discussion with my book group which made me like it even more when I was able to see things in book differently and consider different aspects of Carrie's life. The book is great, but I do not recommend the Lifetime movie...it leaves out essential aspects of the book, such as the importance of sewing in Carrie's life, a thread throughout the book and symbolic of her emotional development. The movie is alot different, if I saw the movie first I wouldnt have wanted to read the book and that would be an injustice! The book is good, check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the most painfully irritating, frustrating, gut wrenching book i have EVER forced myself to read. I love to read and I wanted to give this a chance, due to all of the critical praise etc.... never ever in my entire life of reading have i hated a main character as i hate carrie bell. what a selfish brat... i am 22, close to carrie's 23, and i could not relate at all. it wasn't that i couldn't empathize with her frustrations, it was just how heartless and cold, and CRUEL she was. i also hated her second love interest. he was almost as bad as her, but she was by far the worst, the most terrible... and unfortunately most central, character. ugh, there were times when my blood was boiling, i didn't want to read on but did, for lack of other reading options and the hope that it would somehow get better. please people, do yourself a favor, i beg of you, pass over this dull, aggravating, hellacious book. it is agony inducing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that touched me so deeply that it has, in some small way, permanently changed me, changed the way I look at things, at my own past relationships, at my own perspective on my present life, on my expectations for the future. It helped me look at my own experiences of the past in a whole new way. I am dumbfounded that this is Ann Packer's first novel. Within minutes of finishing the book, I vowed to myself to read anything she ever writes again. Her insight into human nature and her ability to express the complexity of the human condition is truly extraordinary. The irony of it is that I found the first 100 pages or so of the book to be agonizingly depressing and kept wondering to myself why I didn't just toss it aside and give it up. I rarely find it worthwhile to continue reading a book that doesn't hook me in the first 50 pages, but I'm glad I did this time. This is truly a great book.
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It makes you think and feel.
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This book went on & on about a whole lot of nothing. It felt like it was never going to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!! Definite tear jerker!
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