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The Dive From Clausen's Pier
The Dive From Clausen's Pier
Author: Ann Packer
"The Dive from Clausen's Pier is one of those small miracles that reinforce our faith in fiction. It does what the best novels so often do, making the largest things visible by its perfect rendering of life on the smaller scale. It is witty, tragic and touching, and beguiling from the first page." --Scott Turow — A riveting n...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780375412820
ISBN-10: 0375412824
Publication Date: 4/9/2002
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 110 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 22
Hidden somewhere in this novel is a good novella. This story starts out strong, but stumbles mid-way, where nothing, nothing, nothing happens for a long time, and never quite regains its feet. I get that the narrator doesn't know what to do and being the exceptionally passive-aggressive type, she does nothing. Unfortunately, having her not progress in any way for pages and pages made the story fall flat for me.

It's a great premise and rich material, but it lacked a bit in execution.
reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 113 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 21
I loved this book, loved it from the beginning and could not put down. An overall dark storyline, but makes you think about your relationships. What are you willing to do for the one you love? I wish I had more books to read like this, would absolutely recommend. Fascinating read.
readergaltoo avatar reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 17
What a wonderful book. The author just pulls you in deeper and deeper into these people's lives until you're so involved you have to stay up all night and find out how everything turns out.

A young couple, having problems, goes on a picnic and the guy breaks his neck jumping off of a pier. The story is about the aftermath and how the fiancee handles it and how friends and family members react. Very involving. Wonderful.
bananapancakes avatar reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 95 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
About a girl who has a big decision to make when her fiance ends up with a traumatic brain injury and all its aftermath. Does she stick by his side and give up what she thinks she wants in life or forget him all together. She goes through a rollercoaster of emotions and actually makes several decisions in the end, kind of coming full circle while growing up a lot in the process. I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick but rewarding read in my opinion.
reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Story about a woman who is planning to leave her boyfriend and life behind, when her boyfriend is paralyzed in a diving accident. The story is of the woman's dilemma, whether to stay or go.
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reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 5 more book reviews
I found this book interesting: a challenging life situation puts young woman in an untenable place. How she deals with it and how it ends was interesting.

Description of life in New York City was fun and intriguing.
reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 54 more book reviews
I loved this book so much that I even wrote a sociology paper on it in college. A great thought provoking story!
reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 22 more book reviews
This book kept me turing the pages until the very end.
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The premise was promising, but the execution failed for me. The protagonist, Carrie Bell, is totally passive regarding decisions in her life. I found her aggravating.
crytal avatar reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 155 more book reviews
I never really bonded with the characters in this book. The ones that I found interesting were only given minor parts. I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters that took place in NY, but was bored by everything else. I will say that the only part of the story besides NY that drew me, was the sewing. It made me go on a major sewing streak. It was probably a good read to make you think about what you would do in a similar situation, but my interest ended there.
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A story of confusion and redemption. I enjoyed!
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ISBN:0375727132 2002 Vintage Contemporaries edition
hotspark avatar reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 2 more book reviews
I really enjoyed this book! Great characters.. I actually missed them when the book ended.
lmntree avatar reviewed The Dive From Clausen's Pier on + 36 more book reviews
I enjoyed reading this book, but I'm not sure if it was the book itself or the relief after reading the one I read before it (which I did not enjoy at all.) For me, it was kind of like the mirror in the Neverending Story which made you look closely at who you really are. The young lady in this novel was involved in a very complicated situation that I can't even imagine. She had some difficult choices to make and a long journey of self discovery. I wonder if she will regret any of those choices? I almost wish there was another book about her 10-15 years later.


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