About Ann Packer

Ann Packer is one of the most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women. Her debut collection, Mendocino and Other Stories, captivated critics, but it was her first novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, that cemented her reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent and reach. The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, winner of the Kate Chopin Literary Award and the first ever Good Morning America book club selection, stoked reader conversations everywhere (“How could she leave him?”) and has gone on to become a core title for reading groups across the country.

Ann Packer’s novel Songs Without Words expertly navigates the politics of a close friendship between two women and asks the question: What happens when a relationship you’ve treasured all your life suddenly seems broken beyond repair? Her latest book, Swim Back to Me, is an unforgettable, emotionally searing collection of stories. She explores the moral predicaments that define our lives, the frailty of ordinary grace, and the ways in which we are shattered and remade by loss.

In addition to being a gifted writer, Packer is a natural reader of her work. She has lectured on the craft of writing, the art of fiction, and developing compelling characters.

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. She has received a James Michener Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.