Ten years in the writing, Ann Packer's debut novel -- the critically acclaimed The Dive From Clausen's Pier -- was well worth the wait. According to Scott Turow, it's "one of those small miracles that reinforce our faith in fiction."
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B.A., Yale University; M.F.A., University of Iowa
James Michener Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
|Songs without Words|
Ann Packer’s debut novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, was a nationwide best seller that established her as one of our most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women. Now, in her long-awaited second novel, she takes us on a journey into a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point. Expertly, with the keen introspection and psychological nuance that are her hallmarks, she explores what happens when there are inequities between friends and when the hard-won balances of a long relationship are disturbed, perhaps irreparably, by a harrowing crisis.
|Of Packer's full-length fiction debut, Anything Goes author Madison Smartt Bell raves, "Ann Packer's first novel has all the weight of reality, tooled with a jeweler's precision. The Dive from Clausen's Pier is a poignant and painstakingly rendered account of a woman in flight from catastrophe, in search of herself."|
|Sports Stories||Packer's Picks|
|Show Me a Hero: Great Contemporary Stories About Sports|
Jeanne Schinto (Editor)
In 1995, Packer contributed to this collection of sports-themed fiction featuring such notable names as Garrison Keillor and John Sayles. Her story, "Horses," is an unflinchingly funny look at what it's like to not make the high school cheerleading squad.
|Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories|
When Barnes & Noble.com asked Packer about the books that have most influenced her, she told us, "I love, above all, the short stories of Alice Munro, because of their complexity and honesty, and because she writes wonderful sentences. I love Charles Baxter’s work for many of the same reasons. Tobias Wolff. Lorrie Moore. I recently read The Gardens of Kyoto, by Kate Walbert, and I loved its beauty and sadness and intelligence, and how much it asks its reader to participate in the making of its meanings."