Swim Back to Me

Swim Back to Me

Book - 2011
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From Ann Packer, author of the New York Times best-selling novels The Dive from Clausen's Pier and Songs Without Words , a collection of burnished, emotionally searing stories, framed by two unforgettable linked narratives that express the transformation of a single family over the course of a lifetime.

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 fatherhood. And, in the masterly opening novella, two teenagers from very different families forge a sustaining friendship, only to discover the disruptive and unsettling power of sex.

Ann Packer is one of our most talented archivists of family life, with its hidden crevasses and unforeseeable perils, and in these stories she explores the moral predicaments that define our social and emotional lives, the frailty of ordinary grace, and the ways in which we are shattered and remade by loss. With Swim Back to Me, she delivers shimmering psychological precision, unfailing intelligence, and page-turning drama: her most enticing work yet.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781400044047
Branch Call Number: FIC Packe af 33164004364787 f 28.00 fic 290349 cpy 1 aurora
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Characteristics: 225 p.


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Jun 19, 2019

The first book of Ann Packer that I read was "The Children's Crusade". I did enjoy it very much. But some people would not like Ann's somewhat disjointed way of writing. However, eventually everything gets tied together in the end. This book is of 6 short stories....well, a couple of them are longer than short stories, but shorter than novellas. If I remember right, one is a very short short story. I did enjoy all of them and do plan to reserve another of Ann Packer's books. Probably another novel rather than short stories this time. And, as with "The Children's Crusade", there is some tying up of a loose end, sort of at the end. Maybe not a tying up, more of a "revisit". I will not say that Ann Packer is one of my favorite authors...yet. But I'm beginning to think she might end up being one.

trisheye Aug 06, 2012

Enjoyed her writing, but would prefer one book; not a fan of books with multiple stories.

reissja Jul 08, 2011

This stellar collection of short stories struck me as hard emotionally as it did technically. It would be a cliche to say that Ann Packer writes from the heart. Compared to a lot of other current short fiction, especially that published by The New Yorker, Packer's accounts of the everyday travail of Bay Area residents are replete with honest-to-goodness feeling. She's not in the least sappy, but she can get a tough old guy like me to fight with a lump in my throat. Oddly, her brother--to whom she dedicates this book--is George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker. None of Sister Ann's stories in this collection have been published there, but every one of them is terrific, especially the initial novella told from the viewpoint of a young man. Grab this book and swim back to Ann Packer!

debwalker Mar 19, 2011

Hard to put down stories about the lives of ordinary people. Chatelaine Book Club pick April 2011: "Stellar short stories bookended by two connected novellas, both of which hinge on the theme of upheaval."

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