Carry the One - Carol Anshaw

Carry the One

By Carol Anshaw

  • Release Date: 2012-03-06
  • Book Genre: Literary
Our rating: 5/5 stars

3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 265 Ratings)
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Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next twenty-five years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in response to this single tragic moment. As one character says, “When you add us up, you always have to carry the one.” Through friendships and love affairs; marriage and divorce; parenthood, holidays, and the modest calamities and triumphs of ordinary days, Carry the One shows how one life affects another and how those who thrive and those who self-destruct are closer to each other than we’d expect. As they seek redemption through addiction, social justice, and art, Anshaw’s characters reflect our deepest pain and longings, our joys, and our transcendent moments of understanding. This wise, wry, and erotically charged novel derives its power and appeal from the author’s exquisite use of language; her sympathy for her recognizable, very flawed characters; and her persuasive belief in the transforming forces of time and love.

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Book Reviews

  • Not impressed

    By Lady Rican
    It started off pretty rough. I almost gave up on it. I found myself re-reading paragraphs trying to understand the point the author was trying to make. It got better towards the middle, but not enough to say I really enjoyed it. I forced myself to finish it.
  • Craft the one

    By Plgzuz
    Hated this book. I forced myself to finish it.
  • Gud boke

    By KHall37
    Only twelve dollars buy it
  • Carry the One

    By r0say8
    Loved this book! One of the best I've read in quite some time. I will miss these characters and remember them for a long while. It was refreshing to read a story that is so real and raw with no easy answers or unbelievable solutions. Can't wait to read something else by her.
  • Carry the One

    By Boca reads
    I wanted to like this book but the characters never seemed real to me. The descriptions were just words on the page. Can I get my money back? (rhetorical question)

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