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Carry the One: A Novel | [Carol Anshaw]

Carry the One: A Novel

Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen's wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidently hits and kills a girl on a dark, country road. For the next 25 years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, connect, disconnect, and reconnect with one another and their victim. As one character says, "When you add us up, you always have to carry the one."
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Publisher's Summary

Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen's wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidently hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next 25 years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, connect, disconnect, and reconnect with one another and their victim. 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 tragedies and joys 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 one another than we'd expect. Deceptively short and simple in its premise, this novel derives its power and appeal from the author's beautifully precise use of language; her sympathy for her very recognizable, flawed characters; and her persuasive belief in the transforming forces of time and love.

©2012 Carol Anshaw (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Splendid . . . seductive . . . vivid. . . . In sketches, landscapes, and erotic etchings, [Anshaw] carries not just one but all her characters through a quarter century of adulthood. And she makes the task look graceful.” (Entertainment Weekly, A)

"Anshaw has a deft touch with the events of ordinary life, giving them heft and meaning. . . . Funny, touching, knowing . . . a quiet, lovely, genuine accomplishment." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)

“Masterful in her authenticity, quicksilver dialogue, wise humor, and receptivity to mystery, Anshaw has created a deft and transfixing novel of fallibility and quiet glory.” (Donna Seaman, Booklist, Starred Review)

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    Amy United States 08-13-12
    Amy United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Maybe Read this one."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I felt like I was a fly on the wall watching this family move through life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carry the One?

    The subtle jokes were hilarious.


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job with the male voices.


    Was Carry the One worth the listening time?

    I thought the length was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    The story has a lot of characters to keep straight and this is what made it more difficult to listen too. I also would have enjoyed going back over some the of jokes to laugh again.

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    Jane Mitakides 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story, great characters"

    Give this book a few pages to build... and you'll be hooked. Excellent story, well performed.

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    Andrea Pine Bush, NY, United States 03-17-12
    Andrea Pine Bush, NY, United States 03-17-12
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    "Was npt what I was led to believe."

    The subject matter could have been more clearly defined. The descriptions and story matter were repulsive.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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