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Ann Packer and Songs Without Words

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Liz and Sarabeth have been friends forever, their bond forged at sixteen by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother. Though their lives took very different turns in the decades that followed, their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when an unforeseen calamity strikes Liz's family, Liz and Sarabeth are forced to reexamine their most deeply held beliefs about their connection. What happens when a friendship you've treasured all your life suddenly seems broken beyond repair? Songs Without Words is about the roles women take on in their closest relationships, and about the ways in which those roles can come to seem almost as confining as they are nourishing.

About Ann Packer: Ann Packer grew up in California and attended Yale University and The Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, The New Yorker, and in Prize Stories 1992: The O Henry Awards. Her debut short story collection, Mendocino and Other Stories, won critical praise and her writing was described as "graceful and effortless, yet as controlled and purposeful as a nest-building bird" by the San Francisco Chronicle. She has received a James Michener Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Her bestselling novel, The Dive From Clausen's Pier, received a Great Lakes Book Award and the Kate Chopin Literary Award and is still a book club favorite. It was also the first Good Morning America "Read This!" book club pick and was adapted into a Lifetime movie. The novel instantly established her as one of America's most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women.

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