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Ann Packer

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.

Ann Packer is represented by Random House Speakers Bureau (www.rhspeakers.com)


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The Dive From Clausen's Pier
Written by Ann Packer
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-72713-9 (0-375-72713-2)

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... Read more






Mendocino and Other Stories
Written by Ann Packer
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2003
$13.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3163-4 (1-4000-3163-X)

With humor, wisdom and tenderness, Ann Packer offers ten short stories about women and men--wives and husbands, sisters and brothers, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, friends, and lovers--who discover that life's greatest surprises may be found in that which is most familiar.

In the title story, on the anniversary of their father's suicide... Read more






Songs Without Words
Written by Ann Packer
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2008
$14.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72717-7 (0-375-72717-5)

Liz and Sarabeth were girlhood neighbors in the suburbs of Northern California, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother. In the decades that followed, their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters, the women's friendship takes a devastating... Read more






Swim Back to Me
Written by Ann Packer
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2012
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7973-5 (1-4000-7973-X)

Ann Packer is one of our most talented observers of family life, with its hidden crevasses and unforeseeable perils. In these unforgettable, emotionally searing stories, she explores the moral predicaments that define our lives, the frailty of ordinary grace, and the ways in which we are shattered and remade by loss... Read more





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