Carry the One: A Novel

Carry the One: A Novel

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by Carol Anshaw
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451636895
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
115,695
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Carol Anshaw is the author of Carry the One, Aquamarine, Seven Moves, and Lucky in the Corner. She has received the Ferro-Grumley Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award for Fiction, and a National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. She lives in Chicago.

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Carry the One 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
LBruin More than 1 year ago
Horrible book! I had high hopes for it, but it was so disjointed and I ended up not even caring about the characters. Don't even waste your $4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carmen, Alice, and Nick are siblings who, together with some others to whom they are connected, must always "carry the one"--a ten-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a carful of stoned, drunk, or dazed guests to Carmen's wedding, driven by Nick's stoned wedding date, Olivia. Time forces the siblings, Olivia, and others connected to the tragedy to move forward, but the tragedy naturally effects their ability to do so. I really enjoyed this quietly powerful novel. I suppose one could just read it as just a story of what happens to these people on the surface, but I think the author is encouraging the reader to think about more complex themes. In particular, I think she is wrestling with the myriad ways in which we are connected to others, and the meaning of both a life, and those it touches. Each of us matters, to varying degrees, perhaps, and at different moments, to others, and I think this novel is gettting at the ways in which that truth is both thrilling, and frightening--as much as the opposite thought: that we might not matter at all. How do we live with that complexity, that mess, that rush, that warmth?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed in this book. I finished it but just because I wanted to see if anything interesting was going to happen after the great start. The premise was a good one but it felt disconnected- like there were too many separate stories going on that connected in some way but didn't feel connected. Some of the different story lines were boring and forced. It wasn't horrible, just blah. I wouldn't recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moving and compassionate portrayal of difficult subject matter. The writing is exceptional.
Anonymous 5 months ago
How did this ever get published??? I have read bad books in my 68 years, but this may top the list!!! Do not waste time or $$$$$ on this one. I hate giving bad reviews but*******this deserves nothing more. Sorry!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very seldom start a novel that I do not finish.  This was one.  I would become distracted easily when reading and struggled following characters and time.   I stopped reading this after realizing I was not vested in the story after the first 100 pages or so.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was only about 150 pages. It seemed painfully longer. I did not think it would ever conclude. I was left feeling like I had missed something and why I had bothered in the first place. This book focused on three characters and the rest were like unused extras in a movie, left laying on the cutting room floor. The author must have never heard of the saying, " don't kiss and tell," because she rold everything about the main couple, who are lesbians. There is sex, death of a child, a cover up and the events caused by the accident follow the characters throufhout the rest of their lives. I thought this book was boring and insipid. Chick lit. I did not enjoy it at all. For adults. I hope other readers enjoy this book. I do not recommend it. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a book club selection. For me it was akin to watching the movie Leaving Las Vegas. It is okay to leave early, as staying for the ending did not enhance the experience. The format of the story telling, and story ultimately, was just not my cup of tea.
books4gail More than 1 year ago
I have read glowing reviews of Carry the One that don't match up to my experience of reading it. I was immediately captivated by the story and the writing but felt the tale devolved into disconnected bits. The difficult upbringing of the three siblings felt tacked on. By the end, the characters are relating to so many external things rather than the heart of the characters and their relationships. For example, Carmen sits through a tedious dinner party (with a couple we have never met) feeling superior to the hosts who are obsessed with the details of their kitchen renovation. I liked Alice the best and, contrary to another reviewer here, felt the lovemaking scenes with her female partners were written with warmth and urgency. Easy to see that that is the character closest to the author.
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mel-in-tex More than 1 year ago
I actually selected this book for my book club based on the summary. Boy was I wrong! I was almost too ashamed to show up to the monthly meeting after reading this book. After the first chapter, the story moves painfully slow. The characters have no redeeming qualities. In the end, I, along with my book club colleagues, were left feeling depressed and frustrated. Nice premise; it was just done ALL wrong. 
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I am not sure why I finished this book. The first chapter caught my interest , but I soon found myself struggling to maintain interest . The characters were unlikable and the plot lines were boring and were generally depressing and disconnected. Some of the author's phrasing was lovely, but the book as a whole was not worth the effort I foolishly put into it. Don't bother.
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This book spans 25 years and I think it took 25 years to get through it. I have a hard time not finishing a book once I start it, but I had a hard time finishing this one. I would not recommend to my friends.
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acorley84 More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to start with this book. For a short story, it was painfully long. I think the elements of the story would have worked better in a better format possibly. I just didn't care for how the story bounced around. I couldn't stand how in one chapter I was reading about this time frame and the very next chapter could jump anywhere from 1-5 years away and it didn't express that until at least a few paragraphs into the chapter. And the ending...what the heck kind of ending was that? It kind of came out of nowhere and it wasn't that of a great surprise ending. I would have been happy without the whole last chapter, or at least for it to have gone a completely different direction! The characters weren't the most likable characters in a book. I understand that the storyline is that of a tough nature, but it was so hard to fall in love with any of the characters! I do think that this story does have potential and does pull at some heart strings, however, I just couldn't stay interested and make myself happy about having to continue to read it! This just wasn't a book for me! I get the point behind it, really I do, and I think written differently, it could be brilliant!
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Honestly, I tried with this book and searched high and low for the connection between the main characters and the accident where the child was killed-- with little to no luck. I agree with the reviewer who said the main emphasis seemed to be on the lesbian lovers....ok, fine. But again, where is the connection with the title of the book. And even with the above flaws--I was so bored I smply could not finish; unusual for me.