You can file this news away in the "things to look forward to in six months" category.

Ann Packer, author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier and Songs Without Words will release a new book on April 12, 2011. Knopf is calling Swim Back to Me "her strongest work yet—a collection of burnished, impossible-to-put down narratives framed by two stunning, linked novellas."

Here's more from the publisher:

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 impending fatherhood. And, in the masterly opening novella, two teenagers from very different families—one a tightly knit foursome, the other a father and son who share little more than having been abandoned by the same woman—forge a sustaining friendship, only to discover the disruptive and unsettling power of sex.

Packer is one of my favorite writers—besides crafting beautiful sentences, she writes female characters (put in difficult situations) that will stick with you for days. I picked up The Dive from Clausen's Pier a couple years ago, read it in a day, then promptly read Songs Without Words the next day. Needless to say, I'll be hogging our review copy of Swim Back to Me the second it arrives.

Are you a fan of Packer? Will you look forward to her new release?

Not familiar with her work? Read reviews of The Dive from Clausen's Pier (2002) and Songs Without Words (2007).

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