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The Dive from Clausen's Pier

By (author) Ann Packer
Format: Audio cassette
Publisher: ISIS Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom
Imprint: ISIS Audio Books
Published: 31st Aug 2003
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0753118262
ISBN-13: 9780753118269
Barcode No: 9780753118269

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Kirkus UK
Memorial Day in America, and an annual trip to the lake for a group of young friends ends in a dreadful accident, something that will change lives irrevocably. Ann Packer tells the story of those changed lives through the eyes of Carrie, who, like most of the friends, is making the awkward transition into adulthood. She met Mike when she was 14; they have been together for over eight years and, although they are now engaged, both are aware that their relationship is not what it was. It is Carrie whose feelings have altered and Mike who has had the accident, which was caused in part by an attempt to win her back. Ann Packer has an observant eye for the nuances of a close-knit community as family and friends grieve and try to come to terms with what has happened. They are puzzled by Carrie's seeming lack of involvement and angry at the hurt she is causing Mike. Confused and full of guilt, she tries to lose herself: at first by creating beautiful things on her sewing machine and then by running away to New York, where she meets up again with the mysterious and aloof Kilroy, with whom she falls in love. Yet, despite her attempt to turn away from the old relationship, the difficulties of the new one throw light on what connects people and what complications there can be if you try to hide from distressing reality. There can be no conventional happy ending, but Carrie's painful disintegration and piecing together of her life is described in prose which is lucid, engaging and sympathetic. The journey for Carrie and Mike is not predictable, and their experiences pose questions about maturity, responsibility and sacrifice in a way which holds our attention and our interest. (Kirkus UK)