Carrie Bell was born and raised in Winisconsin. she'a had the same best friend, the same good relationship with her mother, the same boyfriend for as long as anyone can remember. She is already quietly bored with Mike when he is horrifically injured in a diving accident at Clusen's Reservoir. Now the future that Carrie was only beginning to Rebel ...
Carrie Bell was born and raised in Winisconsin. she'a had the same best friend, the same good relationship with her mother, the same boyfriend for as long as anyone can remember. She is already quietly bored with Mike when he is horrifically injured in a diving accident at Clusen's Reservoir. Now the future that Carrie was only beginning to Rebel against looks set in stone. Everyone thinks they know what Carrie will - and ought to do. But Carrie is caught in a maze of moral dilemmas and is forced to question everything she thought she knew about herself. It is a moment of terrifying confusion, but also of mesmerising possibility. A rich deeply satisfying debut novel about the desire to live fully, about loyalty and slef knowledge, and the conflict between who we want to be to others and who we must be for ourselves. The Dive From Clausen's Pier' will speak to all those who have ever thought about leaving when they knew they should stay, anyone who has ever felt trapped, not only by circumstance, but by the strength of their own love.
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One of the best books I have picked up this year, I didn't want to put it down. The characters in the book will remind you of yourself or someone you know. Packer does an amazing job of letting each character come into their own and the reader can relate. Anyone who has left someone or moved away from someone should read this book, it will really resonate with you.
Feb 8, 2009
This story had so much potential but the author left me frustrated and wanting more. I thought that there were too many characters and they were underdeveloped. I wouldn't waste my time again.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-03-04 Packer's engrossing debut novel begins without ostentation. On Memorial Day, Carrie Bell and her fianc, Mike Mayer, drive out to Clausen's Pier for their annual ritual, a picnic with their friends, a trip they make the way a middle-aged couple might, in grudging silence. Before their resentments can be aired, Mike dives into too shallow water, suffering injuries that change their lives. If Mike survives, he will survive as a quadriplegic, and Carrie faces unexpected responsibilities. Ultimately, Carrie does what is both understandable and unthinkable. She leaves her hometown of Madison, Wis., and shows up on the doorstep of a friend in New York City. There she discovers a different world, different friends and a different self. The hovering question what will Carrie do? Abandon Mike or return to him? generates genuine suspense. Packer portrays her characters both New Yorkers and Madisonites deftly, and her scenes unfold with uncommon clarity. But if Packer has a keen eye, she has an even keener ear. The dialogue is usually witty; more important, it is always surprising, as if the characters were actually thinking one of the reasons they become as familiar to the reader as childhood friends. The recipient of several awards, Packer is also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories. Clearly, she has honed her skills writing short fiction. What is unexpected is the assurance she brings to a larger canvas. In quiet but beautiful prose, Packer tells a complex and subtly constructed story of friendship, love and the hold the past has on the present. This is the sort of book one reads dying to know what happens to the characters, but loves for its wisdom: it sees the world with more clarity than you do. (Apr.) Forecast: Packer has had a Cadillac career Yale, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the O. Henry Prize, work in the New Yorker and Ploughshares. All of this bodes well for sales, but stellar reviews and word of mouth will do most for this absorbing first novel. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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