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Songs Without Words by Ann Packer

Songs Without Words

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A compelling, heartbreaking and beautifully written novel. Friendships and relationships are taken for granted until an earth shattering event throws everything up in the air and everything the characters thought they knew about each other is thrown in to turmoil.

Sensitively written and thoroughly absorbing.

If you like Ann Packer you might also like to read books by Emma Tennant, Susan Fletcher and Helen Dunmore.


Songs Without Words by Ann Packer

Liz and Sarabeth have been friends forever, childhood neighbours bound together in adolescence by a devastating event, the suicide of Sarabeth's mother when the girls were just sixteen. In the decades that followed - through Liz's marriage and the birth of her children, through Sarabeth's depressions and her volatile love affairs - their relationship has remained a source of continuity and strength, a fixed point amid the tumult of their adult lives. But when an unforeseen calamity strikes at the heart of Liz's family, all the assumptions - the deepest habits of their friendship - are revealed in a strange new light, and Liz and Sarabeth must question everything they thought they knew about each other and themselves.


NEW YORK TIMES * 'Packer follows her well-received first novel, The Dive from Clausen's Pier, with a richly nuanced meditation on the place of friendship in women's lives * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * * 'One for Maggie O'Farrell or Anita Shreve fans * BOOKSELLER * `The extraordinary authority of Packer's voice lies in her refusal to make heroes of the victims of mischance or villains out of the friends, lovers and family members who sometimes fail them' *

About the Author

Ann Packer received the Great Lakes Book Award and the Kate Chopin Writing Award for The Dive from Clausen's Pier, a national bestseller that has been translated into ten languages. Also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories, she lives in northern California with her family.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th September 2007


Ann Packer

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Piatkus Books


336 pages


Family Drama
Reading Groups
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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