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The Dive from Clausen's Pier | [Ann Packer]

The Dive from Clausen's Pier

The Dive from Clausen's Pier reminds us how fragile our lives are and how quickly they can be divided into before and after. It begins with a disaster that could happen in anybody's life, and leaves us asking what we know about our deepest allegiances.
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Publisher's Summary

The Dive from Clausen's Pier reminds us how fragile our lives are and how quickly they can be divided into before and after. It begins with a disaster that could happen in anybody's life, and leaves us to asking what 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.

©2002 Ann Packer; (P)2002 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2003

"This is a densely enveloping book, presented with uncommon assurance for a debut novelist. And it succeeds in raising profound moral issues within the context of ordinary life." (New York Times)

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    Elaine fanwood, NJ, United States 11-06-05
    Elaine fanwood, NJ, United States 11-06-05
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    "Interesting but not fascinating!"

    I found the events and characters in the story quite intrigueing. But not fascinating. I don't know if it's suppose to be done that way but I did find the narrator Scarlett Johansen a bit flat. I felt she could have put more enthusiasm and oomph into the story. I was also disappointed by the ending because if I was the author I would have ended the story differently.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah New York, NY, USA 12-07-06
    Deborah New York, NY, USA 12-07-06
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    "Decent"

    This story was decent. Nothing special. The story was a mediocre one. It was special in the beginning, but went nowhere the rest of the book. Moreoever, the narrator's voice was annoying. She sounded bored just reading it. I know this was a best-seller, but I was not impressed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christy M Michigan 02-03-12
    Christy M Michigan 02-03-12 Member Since 2009

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    "You just want to shake her"

    I made the mistake of buying the abridged version of this book, so didn't care for it much. However, I think if I had read the longer version, I might have slit my wrists. This girl is really annoying. She doesn't know what she wants or who she wants and just glides through life. You just want to smack her.

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    Kathleen Fleming Island, FL, United States 01-21-12
    Kathleen Fleming Island, FL, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Emotional Drama"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dive from Clausen's Pier the most enjoyable?

    Very descriptive. Felt like I knew the characters, even if I didn't like them or what they were thinking.


    What does Scarlett Johansson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Left me feeling sad.

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    Zoe Toronto, Ontario, Canada 09-19-07
    Zoe Toronto, Ontario, Canada 09-19-07
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    I just finished listening to this book. If I had to listen to that annoying voice for any more length time I don't think I would have finished it. Good story weak on plot, unfinished ending

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Kienholz Wisconsin, USA 05-29-03
    Kathryn Kienholz Wisconsin, USA 05-29-03 Member Since 2013

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    "A decent book, not a great one, but good enough."

    I listened to this, then several months later read it for my book group. Both times I found it enjoyable but not great. However, my own son is leaving Wisconsin soon to go to school in New York City, so I find myself recalling bits of the main character's life there -- you never know when something you read in the past will become significant.

    9 of 20 people found this review helpful
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