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The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer
In The Dive from Clausen's Pier, Carrie Bell finds herself stuck in a relationship going nowhere when her fiancé dives headfirst into shallow water rendering himself a quadriplegic. Carrie is torn between her loyalty to him and striking out on her own. She decides to leave for New York City, but finds herself haunted by her past and the decision she has made. Should she stay and pursue her future or return home and accept the predictable life offered there? Ann Packer's debut novel has spent a long time on bestseller lists as it deftly deals with the question of where the line between duty ends and self-pursuit begins. The Washington Post says, "This is, indeed, an elegant book."