The Dive From Clausen's Pier

The Dive From Clausen's Pier

Book - 2002
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Random House, Inc.
"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." --Scott Turow

A riveting novel about loyalty and self-knowledge, and the conflict between who we want to be to others and who we must be for ourselves.

Carrie Bell has lived in Wisconsin all her life. She’s had the same best friend, the same good relationship with her mother, the same boyfriend, Mike, now her fiancé, for as long as anyone can remember. It’s with real surprise she finds that, at age twenty-three, her life has begun to feel suffocating. She longs for a change, an upheaval, for a chance to begin again.

That chance is granted to her, terribly, when Mike is injured in an accident. Now Carrie has to question everything she thought she knew about herself and the meaning of home. She must ask: How much do we owe the people we love? Is it a sign of strength or of weakness to walk away from someone in need?

The Dive from Clausen’s Pier reminds us how precarious our lives are and how quickly they can be divided into before and after, whether by random accident or by the force of our own desires. It begins with a disaster that could happen, out of the blue, in anybody’s life, and it forces us to ask how we would bear up in the face of tragedy and what we know, or think we know, about our deepest allegiances. Elegantly written and ferociously paced, emotionally nuanced and morally complex, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier marks the emergence of a prodigiously gifted new novelist.
Ann Packer’s provocative debut novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier , portrays one young woman's conflict between her commitment to the people in her life and of her duty to be true to herself. At turns enigmatic and candid, this absorbing story challenges us to look inward and to ask discomfiting questions about our relationships, our priorities, and our selflessness for which there are neither easy nor definitive answers. We hope the following questions, discussion topics, and author biography enhance your group's reading of The Dive from Clausen's Pier and provide you a useful framework with which to explore the themes it encompasses.

Baker & Taylor
When her fiancâe Mike is left paralyzed following a tragic accident, Carrie Bell begins to question her familiar world, from her everyday life in Wisconsin to her relationships, as she sets out to rediscover her own identity.

Blackwell North Amer
Carrie Bell has lived in Wisconsin all her life. She's had the same best friend, the same good relationship with her mother, the same boyfriend, Mike, now her fiance, for as long as anyone can remember. It's with real surprise she finds that, at age twenty-three, her life has begun to feel suffocating. She longs for a change, an upheaval, for a chance to begin again.
That chance is granted to her, terribly, when Mike is injured in an accident. Now Carrie has to question everything she thought she knew about herself and the meaning of home. She must ask: How much do we owe the people we love? Is it a sign of strength or of weakness to walk away from someone in need?

Baker
& Taylor

When her fiancT Mike is left paralyzed following a tragic accident, Carrie Bell begins to question her familiar world, from her everyday life in Wisconsin to her relationships with her mother, friends, and fiancT, as she sets out to rediscover her own identity and the meaning of home. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2002
ISBN: 9780375412820
0375412824
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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brangwinn
Jun 21, 2015

What do you do when your fiancé becomes a quadriplegic? Carrie struggles with what to do. She’d been finding herself less in love before the accident, but now she avoids Mike as he remains in a coma and then awakens to find himself helpless. She falls apart and when a friend offers her a place to live in NYC she flees. She does find love, but in the end she discovers what really matters. As I read this book, I “was” Carrie. I struggled along with her as she figured out what do to. It is seldom I have some complete empathy with a character. But it’s quite plausible for any reader to find themselves in Carrie’s dilemma.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

Nothing has ever changed much in Carrie Bell's life in a small Wisconsin town - not until her fiance is severely injured in an accident. After a painful summer of hospital visits and the realization that she is no longer in love, she flees to New York, to a new life, and a new relationship fraught with its own unanswered questions. This first novel from Ann Packer raises some complex and thought provoking questions about responsibility and loyalty.

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Feb 10, 2011

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EPLPicks_Teen Apr 06, 2010

After her fiancé is paralyzed in a diving accident, Carrie Bell is faced with difficult decisions in this fast-paced, character-driven novel.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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