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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Packer knows just how to make a story build: the novel reveals a sure sense of pace and pitch, a brilliant ear for character…A searching emotional generosity.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Intricately detailed, deeply felt, compelling, and utterly surprising…Wonderfully satisfying.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Gracefully written and provocative…An elegant book.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A graceful writer…A quietly provocative novel…Packer has a wonderfully optimistic yet realistic view of humanity.”

    Chicago Tribube

  • “An intricately detailed, deeply felt, compelling, and ultimately surprising portrait of a young woman facing an unbearable loss…Surprisingly suspenseful…By the end of this wonderfully satisfying novel, it’s clear why Carrie is too complex a character to take the easy way out.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[Packer] plays the slower rhythms of Madison against the Broadway boogie-woogie of Manhattan to great effect.”


  • “A winning debut novel.”


  • “Remarkably assured, utterly winning…Packer’s characters scramble up…as terrifically physical beings, so well does she describe them.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Rich with characters and restrained in its language, Packer’s novel is, first and foremost, a great story.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Packer knows just where she wants to take us…[and] the journey is worth taking.”

    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

  • “Multilayered…Absolutely credible and quite surprising.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Ambitious…Both a colorful chronicle of life in Wisconsin and New York City…and a serious, moving meditation on the nature of love and of loyalty.”


  • “Packer’s novel explores how life itself can confront ordinary human beings with daunting moral dilemmas.”

    USA Today

  • “Impressive…Packer skillfully distills broad themes into small, personal moments…A thoughtful and satisfying examination of duty and personal integrity.”

    Time Out New York

  • “[The Dive from Clausen’s Pier] has an affinity with the work of Rosellen Brown…and Anne Tyler…Packer writes with a rare density of detail and ideas, and it’s just possible that the reader will be wiser at the end of the book than she was at the beginning.”


  • “One of those small miracles that reinforce our faith in fiction. It does what the best novels so often do, making the largest things visible by its perfect rendering of life on the smaller scale. It is witty, tragic, and touching, and beguiling.”

    Scott Turow

  • Winner of a 2003 YALSA Alex Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Public Library Book for Teens
  • A 2002 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
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