Here is a Good Book Alert for you – The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer.
I started this book about three weeks ago, got about a chapter in and put it down. I picked it back up Friday and finished it today, Saturday. That is a good book.
The Dive from Clausen’s Pier has vivid characters that everyone can relate to – the girl next store, the bad boy, the college bound good boy, the friend who is a little more wild than you, and family dramatics. A web of a book that weaves moral character with moral obligations and it makes you think about what you would do if you were in that situation.
Summary of The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer
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.
At the age of twenty-three Carrie Bell has spent her entire life in Wisconsin, with the same best friend and the same dependable, easygoing, high school sweetheart. Now to her dismay she has begun to find this life suffocating and is considering leaving it–and Mike–behind. But when Mike is paralyzed in a diving accident, leaving seems unforgivable and yet more necessary than ever. The Dive from Clausen’s Pier animates this dilemma–and Carrie’s startling response to it–with the narrative assurance, exacting realism, and moral complexity we expect from the very best fiction.
Towards the end of the book, I didn’t know which side to root for, and in the end it left me wanting to read a sequel to the book – So what did happen to Carrie? Did she make the right decision? If at the end of a book it leaves you wanting more, you know you have read a good book.
The Dive at Clausen’s Pier is available on Amazon.
And I had no idea they made a Lifetime movie out of the book! I need to watch that too!