The Dive From Clausen's Pier: A Novel

The Dive From Clausen's Pier: A Novel

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  • "The Dive from Clausen's Pier is 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 from the first page.

    New Yorker

    At the start of this quietly engrossing début novel, twenty-three-year-old Carrie Bell is tiring of her stalled life in Madison, Wisconsin, and her bland, relentlessly loving boyfriend of eight years' standing. When a dive into the local reservoir leaves him paralyzed from the neck down, she flees to Manhattan, where she takes shelter with a group of wannabe artists in a decaying Chelsea brownstone and falls for an elusive older man. The journey is a familiar one, but Packer fleshes it out with a naturalist's vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented, and capable of mistakes that the author may never have intended. The result is genuine suspense, as Carrie feels her way toward the truth about herself, and what it means to be a moral being.

  • Author: Packer, Ann.
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Pages: 432
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Binding: Paperback
  • MSRP: 11.99
  • ISBN13: 9780375727139
  • ISBN: 0375727132
  • Language: en
  • Quality Rating: 1
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