Carry the One

Carry the One Carol Anshaw 2012
11 10 1 9.1/10 HARDCOVER FICTION English 272 Simon & Schuster 1451636881 9781451636888

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.

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Critic Reviews

USA Today Carmela Ciuraru

...although her 1992 debut, Aquamarine, arguably remains her best novel, the more plot-driven Carry the One has great potential to bring her work to a wider readership. 3/4 stars

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The New York Times Sylvia Brownrigg

This novel, Anshaw’s fourth, arrives bearing warm endorsements from Emma Donoghue and Alison Bechdel, whose wry humanism Anshaw shares.

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Kirkus Reviews Anonymous

Sharply observed and warmly understanding—another fine piece of work from this talented author.

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Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

Carry the One sits somewhere between a Jonathan Franzen novel and a collection of haiku. A

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Fiction Writers Review Jennifer Taylor

The novel provides a compelling psychological examination of lives altered by a tragic accident.

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Bookpage Megan Fishmann

Anshaw's prose in Carry the One is delicate and effortless, flowing from one beautifully believable scene to another.

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