Dive from Clausen's Pier

Dive from Clausen's Pier

by Ann Packer
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Overview

Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer

How much do we owe the people we love? Is it a sign of strength or weakness to walk away from someone in need? These questions lie at the heart of Ann Packer’s intimate and emotionally thrilling new novel, which has won its author comparisons with Jane Hamilton and Sue Miller.

At the age of twenty-three Carrie Bell has spent her entire life in Wisconsin, with the same best friend and the same dependable, easygoing, high school sweetheart. Now to her dismay she has begun to find this life suffocating and is considering leaving it–and Mike–behind. But when Mike is paralyzed in a diving accident, leaving seems unforgivable and yet more necessary than ever. The Dive from Clausen’s Pier animates this dilemma–and Carrie’s startling response to it–with the narrative assurance, exacting realism, and moral complexity we expect from the very best fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400040537
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2002
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 89,147
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ann Packer received the Great Lakes Book Award for The Dive from Clausen's Pier, which was a national bestseller. She is also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories. She is a past recipient of a James Michener award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and other magazines, as well as in Prize Stories 1992: The O. Henry Awards. She lives in northern California with her family.

Hometown:

San Carlos, California

Date of Birth:

1959

Place of Birth:

Stanford, California

Education:

B.A., Yale University; M.F.A., University of Iowa

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The Dive from Clausen's Pier 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 152 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.
juicedbooks 5 days ago
We’ve all been there. We want out an we don’t know how to say it. We sit at the dinner table and try to smile, but in our gut we know we’d rather be somewhere else. Imagine that feeling or boredom, of not being in the right place, and magnify it. That’s what Carrie Bell, the protagonist of The Dive From Clausen’s Pier is living. She’s 23 years old and has spent a third of her life in a relationship to Mike, to whom she’s now engaged. She’s outgrown their romance, is bored, and is longing to walk away from their small town life, when Mike victim of a serious accident and becomes paralyzed. From there, Carrie makes a choice to leave and you’ll either love or hate her. Can she justify her decision? This book unfolds slowly at all stages, and often the reader is left begging for some action on Carrie’s part to end or change her endless worrying. After the initial accident, the story drags on as we explore Carrie’s pain and confusion, and Packer runs over the same points ad nauseam, as thought she doesn’t expect the reader to understand Carrie’s suffering, which is actually quite shallow. Carrie in general, is an extremely unlikable protagonist. After solving her problem of initial unhappiness and leaving, she still cannot find ways to live the life she wants, even though she is unencumbered. Here's where my opinion (and some slight spoilers) comes in: the entire second half of the book is hopelessly unrealistic. Carrie gains no understanding of how selfish she has been in leaving Mike, and continues to disappoint other characters. The only redeeming aspect of Carrie as a character was that she finally realized the depth of her self-centeredness at the end of the novel. She apologizes, but makes no moves to change her life. Instead she slinks back into her original frame of mind: bored and burdened, leaving the reader to wonder why they cared in the first place.
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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.
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Great story!! Definite tear jerker!
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