Swim Back to Me

Swim Back to Me

by Ann Packer
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Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer

From Ann Packer, author of the New York Times best-selling novels The Dive from Clausen’s Pier and Songs Without Words, a collection of burnished, emotionally searing stories, framed by two unforgettable linked narratives that express the transformation of a single family over the course of a lifetime.

A wife struggles to make sense of her husband’s sudden disappearance. A mother mourns her teenage son through the music collection he left behind. A woman shepherds her estranged parents through her brother’s wedding and reflects on the year her family collapsed. A young man comes to grips with the joy—and vulnerability—of fatherhood. And, in the masterly opening novella, two teenagers from very different families forge a sustaining friendship, only to discover the disruptive and unsettling power of sex.

Ann Packer is one of our most talented archivists of family life, with its hidden crevasses and unforeseeable perils, and in these stories she explores the moral predicaments that define our social and emotional lives, the frailty of ordinary grace, and the ways in which we are shattered and remade by loss. With Swim Back to Me, she delivers shimmering psychological precision, unfailing intelligence, and page-turning drama: her most enticing work yet.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307595393
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,102,757
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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.


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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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Swim Back to Me 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Birdsong44 More than 1 year ago
This seemed more like she gave up on many projects and threw them all into the same book rather than finishing any of the stories. It is a shame. Each of these stories could have been fleshed out and turned into good books. Instead, I was left feeling shortchanged and frustrated that I had invested any time into any of these characters.
harstan More than 1 year ago
"Walk for Mankind". In 1972 in Stanford, shy and sorry eighth grader Richard Appleby meets new and weird Sasha Horowitz walking home from the school bus. She is rebellious and has an affair with a drug dealer while he remains reticent.--------- "Molten". Fortyish Kathryn grieves the loss of her son Ben by playing his music.--------------- "Jump". Alejandro hides his affluence in order to work at a photocopy shop where his colleague Carolee wonders why the incompetent is not fired.-------------- "Dwell Time". Lara's first husband Adam was always notoriously late. Her second spouse Matt was always early. Now he is late for the first time in their relationship and Lara is worried something happened to him as this is out of character for him.----------- "Her First Born." In Eugene, Dean has never understood why his wife Lise remembers every little event involving her late child Jasper from her first marriage until she gives birth to his son Danny.--------- "Things Said or Done". Fiftyish Sasha looks back to when she met reticent Richard thirty five years ago when she was the one out of control and now when he has become the one out of control.--------------- This excellent anthology consists of one novella (Walk for Mankind) and five shorts with each providing readers with an in-depth psychological look at the dynamics of relationships. The well-written bookend Sasha tales are especially discerning.---------------- Harriet Klausner
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Amai66 More than 1 year ago
This is a fine collection of short stories, not action packed suspense but more life lessons and relationships. Each story is a complex emotional blend, yet a simple look into middle class families and their common, every day problems. These problems and the solving of them help to develop character. This was an enjoyable, comforting read.
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