From the bestselling author of Songs without Words and The Dive from Clausen's Pier, her strongest work yet -- a collection of burnished, impossible-to-put down narratives framed by two stunning, linked novellas. A wife struggles to make sense of her husband's sudden disappearance. A mother mourns her teenage son through the music collection he left behind. A woman shepherds her estranged parents through her brother's wedding and reflects on the year her family collapsed. A young man comes to grips with the joy -- and vulnerability -- of impending fatherhood. And, in the masterly opening novella, two teenagers from very different families -- one a tightly knit foursome, the other a father and son who share little more than having been abandoned by the same woman -- forge a sustaining friendship, only to discover the disruptive and unsettling power of sex.
About the Author
Ann Packer received the Great Lakes Book Award" "for" "The Dive from Clausen's Pier, which was a national bestseller. She is also the author of Mendocino" "and Other Stories. She is a past recipient of a James Michener award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in "The New Yorker, Ploughshares," and other magazines, as well as in Prize Stories 1992: The O. Henry Awards. She lives in northern California with her family.
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