Ann Packer was born in Stanford, California and grew up near Stanford University, where her parents were professors. She attended Yale University and after five years working at a publishing company in New York, went on to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, selling her first short story to The New Yorker a few weeks before receiving her degree. She spent two years living in Madison, Wisconsin, which would later become the setting of her first novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier.While living in Wisconsin she published short stories in literary magazines and had a story chosen for inclusion in the annual O. Henry Awards prize stories anthology. With support from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, she completed her first book, Mendocino and Other Stories. The National Endowment for the Arts provided a fellowship, and she spent much of the next decade working on The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, a critical success that became a national bestseller and was translated into ten languages, Ann’s second novel, Songs Without Words, is now available.