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  • ISBN: 0739327674
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Ann Packer
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print (September 4, 2007)
  • Pages: 560 pages
  • FB2 size: 1643 kb
  • EPUB size: 1953 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
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About Songs Without Words.

About Songs Without Words. Ann Packer’s debut novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, was a nationwide bestseller that established her as one of our most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women. Now, in her long-awaited second novel, she takes us on a journey into a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point. Ann Packer is the author of two best-selling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, the latter of which received a Great Lakes Book Award, an American Library Association Award, and the Kate Chopin Literary Award.

Ann Packer received the Great Lakes Book Award for The Dive from Clausen's Pier, which was a national bestseller. Random House Large Print, 2007. 0739327674, 9780739327678.

Ann Packer’s debut novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, was a nationwide bestseller that established her as one of our most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women. Ann Packer received the Great Lakes Book Award for The Dive from Clausen's Pier, which was a national bestseller. She is also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories. She is a past recipient of a James Michener award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

Songs Without Words (Audio CD). Published September 4th 2007 by Random House . Published August 1st 2008 by Piatkus Books. Paperback, 323 pages. Published September 4th 2007 by Random House Large Print. Large Print, Paperback, 560 pages. Published September 4th 2007 by Random House Audio. Author(s): Ann Packer (Goodreads Author).

Ann Packer’s debut novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, was a nationwide . view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook.

Ann Packer’s debut novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, was a nationwide best seller that established her as one of our most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women.

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Packer captures mental pathologies exceptionally well and writes beautifully about despair and love and how they travel together throughout a lifetime.

Songs without words Packer, Ann Little, Brown 9780749908690 : A Wonderfully Moving Novel Exploring .

Songs without words Packer, Ann Little, Brown 9780749908690 : A Wonderfully Moving Novel Exploring Female Friendship. In these and six other stories, Ann Packer exhibits an unerring eye for the small ways in which people reveal themselves and for the moments in which lives may be transformed. Описание: How much do we owe the people we love? Is it a sign of strength or weakness to walk away from someone in need?

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Ann Packer’s debut novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, was a nationwide bestseller that established her as one of our most gifted chroniclers of the interior lives of women. Now, in her long-awaited second novel, she takes us on a journey into a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point. Liz and Sarabeth were childhood neighbors in the suburbs of northern California, brought as close as sisters by 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 attempts to make a happy life for herself despite the shadow cast by her mother’s act–their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz’s adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters that threaten to engulf the family, the fault lines in the women’s friendship are revealed, and both Liz and Sarabeth are forced to reexamine their most deeply held beliefs about their connection. Songs Without Words is about the sometimes confining roles we take on in our closest relationships, about the familial myths that shape us both as children and as parents, and about the limits–and the power–of the friendships we create when we are young.
Reviews about Songs Without Words (Random House Large Print) (7):
Yalone
This was a very complicated story of love and family, showing that true family can transcend biological connections, and biological connections do not always guarantee family love, whoever is in the circle of a particular configuration of "family" must participate and earn the connection and love that all its members have to give. It was a beautiful story, I loved the characters, each one developed so beautifully with their own personal conflicts with each other, and lack of compassion in some cases for each other as they each tried to pursue their own ambitions, not seeing the value of the people in their lives. It took a child, and her mother to get a family to take a good look at their world and themselves and reach a new level of appreciation for the people they have in their lives, and to open their lives up to someone who now needed them, as much as they needed this lovely little girl. It is a gift to be able to create a story so compelling and lovely, with details that paint such pictures of the people and the places where the story takes place, and a pleasure to be able to go into that fictional world for awhile and cry and laugh and love along with them.
Zulurr
This is a great companion book to "wiseguy", Henry Hill's life post-mafia. And his kids were there for all the madness even while in witness protection. A different POV then Hendry lets on in "Wiseguy" and the follow up "Gangsters and Goodfellas." What it's like for people trying very hard to be normal while growing up in a mafia house-hold, and then witness protection.
Tekasa
Another wonderful Ann Patchett novel. The characters were so well developed, and were so believable. I thought the motif of running/run was a clever thread that ran (literally) throughout the book. The interracial family at the center of the story was timely and a relevant twist. I loved this family! Do enjoy this beautiful read.
Haracetys
I love Ann Patchett. Bel Canto was a masterpiece and I read this book because of her, not because the description sounded interesting. The plot was not really “big” – it was more of a character study of the impact of traumatic events and unfolds in a surprisingly un-traumatic way. Good people make mistakes, yet good people can be redeemed – but it takes time and someone who believes in you. This book doesn’t glamorize anyone – everyone makes mistakes here and everyone is doing his/her best to navigate tragedy and build the best life they can for the next generation. This is a slow-moving and underwhelming plot compared to Bel Canto, but it can be really appreciated if you take it character by character and focus on the beautiful theme of love and forgiveness.
TheSuspect
The story of family, family secrets, and love. Tip Doyle, ambitious Boston politician, wants to share his ambitions with his two adopted son. Unfortunately, they want nothing to do with politics. One snowy evening, their lives change forever when an automobile accident brings their sister into their lives.

Ann Patchett has the marvelous ability to write about family relationships in a way that the end of the book is always a surprise. I have loved her writing since reading Bel Canto, and this book will be added to my list of favorites. Highly recommended.
Munigrinn
I have always been a fan and fascinated by Nicholas Pileggi's Wiseguy and the subsequent movie Goodfellas. But I have to say I enjoyed this story more by Henry Hill's children Gregg and Gina Hill and their experience with the aftermath in the Witness Protection Program. It's a story of an even darker side of a father's real 'crime' of abandonment both physically and emotionally from his children. You can feel a child's hope throughout this story but dreams do not always come true. It seems to me these children and now adults chose to rise above it and be what they always hoped their dad would be. Bravo.
Blueshaper
I never thought that I could enjoy a book about mob rat Henry Hill, but this one written by his son, Gregg, and his daughter, Gina, kept my interest and gave me a vivid account of two poor kids "on the run."

This book is told from two perspectives, where Gregg first gives his version of what happened and his feeling about what they were going through, and then Gina gives her versions. Most of the time the two versions are totally different. Gregg, in his early teens, thoroughly hated his father and his father's deceptive and downright mean machinations, while Gina, a few years younger, was more of a Daddy's Girl, until she eventually smartened up too.

At the end of the movie Goodfellas, in which Henry Hill was portrayed by handsome actor Ray Liotta, Hill is in the Witness Protection Program in an unnamed locale, which looked like some out-of-the-way place called something like "Hicksville" - so unlike where Hill committed endless crimes (New York City) and enjoyed being one of the Wiseguys (the book about Hill's life was actually named Wiseguys but was changed to Goodfellas for the movie.)

In On the Run we discover that in 1980, after being shuttled from one hotel to another for several months while the Feds got as much information as they could from Hill, the family ended up on the outskirts of Omaha, Neb. where their family surname was changed to Haynes. On the first night in their new home, the senior Hill, instead of playing it low-key, took his family to Godfather's Pizza and proceed to get drunk and unruly.

Gregg recalls that night vividly.

"My father thought it was funny, eating at Godfather's Pizza, and maybe it was funny," Gregg wrote. "But I wasn't in a laughing mood. Worse, he behaved like it was some mobster joint back in New York City.
Hill immediately got drunk and started cursing out loud in front of the local yokels.

"Nobody said anything to him," Gregg wrote. "But people stared and then they glared. I couldn't help but stare back and wonder what they must be thinking: New York hood on the run from the Mob."

The rest of the book details how Hill kept on breaking the rules of the government's Witness Protection Program, and as a result, the Feds had to keep re-locating Hill's family to different locations to keep them safe. The Feds also changed the family's last name again: this time to Scott.

Despite being under the supervision of the Feds, Hill became a violent drug addict and began dealing drugs to support his habit. According to Gregg Hill, his father constantly cheated on his wife, Karan, and he even got married again to one of his drug buddies while he was still married to Karen.

When Karen found out her husband was a bigamist, Hill gave her this incredible excuse; "Don't worry; it means nothing. I married her under the name Scott," Hill told Karen.

Hill then told his wife the only reason he married the girl was because she had money. Unfortunately, Hill later discovered the only reason the girl married Hill was because she thought he had money.

It turned out they both were wrong.

Finally, after Hill, against the government's rules, decided to let writer Nick Pileggi pen his autobiography, the government dropped Hill and his family from the Witness Protection Program. Soon after, Gregg Hill left home to go out on his own. He kept his assumed name Scott, finished college, and then law school. Gregg ultimately became a successful attorney. Soon, Gregg got married and started his own family. Unlike his father, Gregg adored and took special care of his children.

After Karen kicked out her husband for good and got a divorce, Gina Scott went back to New York City and attended New York University. Gina also got married and started her own family.

Henry Hill continued to be the same reprobate he always had been. He married his then-girlfriend Dawn, who was a degenerate junkie like Hill. They had a son named Justin, but in 1997, Hill and Dawn, now living in California, became totally out of control with their drug use. As a result, the state took away their son. Gina flew to Florida, and although Justin was already in a foster home, Gina was able to obtain custody.

As for Henry Hill, he continued on his downward spiral. In the Afterword of the On the Run Greg Scott wrote, "In the 1990's, after he (Henry Hill) squandered whatever money he made off the book and the movie, he was in and out of prison on an assortment of charges and parole violations. Along the way he peddled cookbooks, travel guides, posters - anything for a buck, anything to relive, just for an instant, his days of glittering infamy. It was almost as if he had come to believe his own hype, bought into his own scam, convinced himself that, yeah, it was really like a movie."

Henry Hill died of a heart attack in 2012 eight years after On the Run was written.

On the Run is a terrific read, but quite disturbing. How a man could do so much harm to his own family is shocking; even sickening. However, we are getting this story from two people closest to Henry Hill: his son and his daughter, so we know it must be the awful truth.

Frankly, On the Run could have been entitled Daddy Dearest. According to his son and his daughter, Henry Hill was truly a despicable man.
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