The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer

The Dive From Clausen's Pier

byAnn Packer

Kobo ebook | July 30, 2002

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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.

Title:The Dive From Clausen's PierFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 30, 2002Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1400040531

ISBN - 13:9781400040537

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Book I highly recommend this book. I almost wanted to go back and reread it right away. I can't wait to read another Ann Packer book!
Date published: 2011-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Makes you think I didn't enjoy this book. It did make me think. How much do we owe the people we love? (page 147) It was frustratingly slow for me at times. I wanted to shout at Carrie and shake her by the shoulders. I don't know what I wanted her to do, I just wanted her to do it faster. I found Kilroy creepy and sad. I was a little jealous of Carrie being financially able to take almost a year off her life and just figure it out. I'm not sure how realistic that was.
Date published: 2005-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The type of book everyone should read... Although The Dive From Clausen's Pier wasn't one of the best novels I have read, I definatly do not regret reading it because it really gives you a chance to put yourself in another person's shoes. The protagonist, Carrie Bell is faced with bigger decisions then many of us will ever face and I couldn't imagine having to deal with it. This novel is a reality check, it shows us how tradgic accidents can happen to someone as young as 23, with everything going for him. It shows us how tradegies make us realize what's important in our lives, and as said on the inside book flap of this novel How much do we really owe the people we love? . I recommend you read this novel to see how Carrie deals with this tradgic accident and the decisions it makes her face. This book will keep you thinking afterwards because even though you probably will hate the protagonist at times, you will grow a respect for her because of the way she deals with this accident; in ways many of us could never even imagine.
Date published: 2004-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Take the plunge After surviving the first 80 pages, this book was impossible to put down. I found myself disliking Carrie for the actions that she took and disliking Carrie for the actions that she didn't take ... and notwithstanding that I didn't care much for Carrie's decisions, I found her to be an intriguing character that ironically, I cared about. I would recommend this novel for its refreshing lack of predictability and its departure from a more traditional story-book ending.
Date published: 2003-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dive In!! What an outstanding novel. Ann Packer draws the reader in and makes you a part of the Madison group. Rather than reading about the characters the author somehow makes the reader part of the whole experience. I found myself rationing the chapters so I wouldn't finish too quickly. This is one book that I will definitely reread and I totally recommend it to anyone who wants to be completely immersed in a story.
Date published: 2003-06-23