Ann Packer’s spring release The Children's Crusade was called “a masterful portrait of indelible family bonds” (Booklist), “An artful portrait of a California family” (Vanity Fair) and "utterly engrossing." ("O," The Oprah Magazine). Packer is the author of two collections of short fiction, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, and two bestselling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, which received the Kate Chopin Literary Award, among many other prizes and honors. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies, and her novels have been published around the world. Her writing has been praised for having “a brilliant ear for character” (The New York Times Book Review), and the "utterly lifelike quality of her book’s everyday detail” (The New York Times).
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