Biography

Ann Packer

Ann Packer is the critically acclaimed author of two collections of short fiction, SWIM BACK TO ME and MENDOCINO AND OTHER STORIES, and two nationally 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 translated into a dozen languages and published around the world. She lives in San Carlos, California.

Ann Packer

Books by Ann Packer

by Ann Packer - Fiction

Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco, and buys the property on a whim. In Penny Greenway he finds a suitable wife, and they marry and have four kids. Thirty years later, the three oldest Blair children, now adults and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and all-too-familiar troubles force a reckoning with who they are, separately and together, and set off a struggle over the family’s future. 

by Ann Packer - Fiction, Short Stories

In this emotional collection, characters are shattered and remade by loss. A wife struggles to make sense of her husband’s disappearance; a mother mourns her teenage son through his favorite music; and a woman reflects on the year her family collapsed.