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Ann Packer


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Ann Packer was born in Stanford, California, in 1959, and grew up near Stanford University, where her parents were professors. She attended Yale University and then, after five years working at a publishing company in New York, she went on to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, selling her first short story to The New Yorker a few weeks before receiving her degree. A fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing followed, and she spent two years living in Madison, Wisconsin, which would later become the setting of her first novel, The Dive from Clausen's Pier.
 
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Yellowcake (2007)
Ann Cummins
"A gorgeous novel about people who are as tender and ornery and passionate and mixed-up and real as the people we know in real life. I loved them, and I love this book."
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Lady of the Snakes (2008)
Rachel Pastan
"A marvelous, fearless book."
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Morality Tale (2008)
Sylvia Brownrigg
"Sylvia Brownrigg tells us more about the emotional politics of modern marriage - and divorce - than I can remeber reading in a long time. Its a bulletin from the front lines: timely, true, and at its heart surprisingly tender."
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A Short History of Women (2009)
Kate Walbert
"Luminous... a subtle and profound book, as thought provoking as it is moving."
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Dear Strangers (2009)
Meg Mullins
"A wonder: compelling, surprising, and peopled by vividly drawn and original characters."
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Girl in Translation (2010)
Jean Kwok
"Deeply compelling."
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French Lessons (2011)
Ellen Sussman
"As inviting as the smell of freshly baked croissants wafting from a Parisian cafe, this is a novel to savor."
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Turn of Mind (2011)
Alice LaPlante
"An electrifying book. Thought-provoking, humane, funny, tragic, a tour de force that can't be a first novel - and yet it is."
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Orphan Train (2013)
Christina Baker Kline
"A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history. Beautiful."

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