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katatrina, May 19, 2009 (view all comments by katatrina)
Ann Packer is able to create characters that resonate with her readers, no matter what. The characters in this book were interesting and well-developed, and I enjoyed the back-and-forth of viewpoints and angles for the story. I think it was a well-crafted book, and I had been yearning for a book I couldn't put down. This was it.
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Packer will be appearing at Wordstock on Saturday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m. on the Powell's Stage to read from the book and take questions from readers.
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Packer, Ann
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Product details 384 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375727177 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Every once in a while a book comes along that is so astonishing you can't find words to articulate how you feel about it — instead you give away your copy and say, "Just read it." In this unnerving and utterly moving novel about the depth of women's friendships, Ann Packer delivers each poetic passage with a quiet force that reveals how meaningful the seemingly mundane facts of modern life really are.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Packer follows her well-received first novel, The Dive from Clausen's Pier, with a richly nuanced meditation on the place of friendship in women's lives. Liz and Sarabeth's childhood friendship deepened following Sarabeth's mother's suicide when the girls were 16; now the two women are in their 40s and living in the Bay Area. Responsible mother-of-two Liz has come to see eccentric, bohemian Sarabeth, with her tendency to enter into inappropriate relationships with men, as more like another child than as a sister or mutually supportive friend. When Liz's teenage daughter, Lauren, perpetuates a crisis, Liz doubts her parenting abilities; Sarabeth is plunged into uncomfortable memories; and the hidden fragilities of what seemed a steadfast relationship come to the fore. Packer adroitly navigates Lauren's teen despair, Sarabeth's lonely longings and Liz's feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Although Liz's husband, Brody, and other men in the book are less than compelling, Packer gets deep into the perspectives of Liz, Sarabeth and Lauren, and follows out their conflicts with an unsentimental sympathy. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Engrossing, forgiving and quietly wise, Songs never makes a false step as Packer keeps both the pages and her readers' minds turning until the very end."
"Review" by , "A quiet narrative whose emotions, we come to realize, run deep and true....Commendably ambitious and ultimately rewarding."
"Review" by , "As in The Dive From Clausen's Pier, Packer makes the ripples from one act so involving, you can't pull away."
"Review" by , "What's most Packer's ability to set a story in the wealthy and beautiful suburbs of San Francisco and make her characters' suffering authentic."
"Review" by , "A novel has the potential not simply to hold up a mirror to our known experience but also to reflect the seemingly indecipherable tangle of our inner worlds."
"Review" by , "[A] close and careful look at the bonds of friendship, and the painful aftermath when a loved one follows the sad compulsion to end her own life."
"Review" by , "[R]eaders will be pleased to find Packer's remarkable talent for characterization in the pages of her second novel."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the bestselling The Dive from Clausen's Pier comes her long-awaited second novel in which she takes readers on a journey into a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point.
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