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Carry the One: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Carol Anshaw
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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"Anshaw has a deft touch with the events of ordinary life, giving them heft and meaning without being ponderous." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

About the Author

Carol Anshaw is the author of Aquamarine, Seven Moves, and Lucky in the Corner.

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator and actor. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, and her narration of Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4210 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008O5RPA6
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0LJS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Matters March 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover
When I first read the Amazon product description of this book, "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," I was a little nervous. Is this going to be another treatment of I Know What You Did Last Summer, or worse, the insufferably boring Red Hook Road? To my great relief, it was really more about Carmen and her siblings Alice and Nick and their little Chicago-based (woot!) universe. As they orbit, their ellipses stretch them far from each other but bring them back together over the next twenty-five year years (this is a bit of a nudge at Nick's quasi-career in astronomy).

The accident itself is a mere shadow on the life of each individual involved, it does not dominate it. It subtly peeks at them during various stages of their lives, like artist Alice completing a series of paintings of the victim or Nick developing a relationship with the dead girl's mother as his own form of penance. The accident is not an excuse for their behavior or the outcome of their lives, but rather a factor in choices they made.

The writing itself was elegant and conveyed atmosphere. The conclusion outlined the paths that each character would continue down, but there was a lack of finality. I wouldn't call it unresolved, but open-ended in a way that let me know that the characters would continue on with their lives in the same vein that they lived them during the narrative. Overall, I felt it was a well-written character study that illustrated the interconnectedness of individuals and events effectively.

I won a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via BookRiot.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art March 12, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I want to say that I finished "Carry the one" in one sitting- but I didn't. Instead, I chose to savor it over the course of a few days. This is the kind of novel that you read, set down on your lap and just think. Think about what the words are really saying, what the meaning really is, how it applies to you. Now, I am not necessarily the deapest person and will take a mindbending thriller or YA dystopian novel over any of our great early literature. But this novel was so deep and spoke to me on so many levels, that I could not stop thinking about it.

The brief synopsis is above- a group of young people are affected by a small child that they hit and killed. The novels details their lives over many years and incorporate many huge historical events. This of this like Forest Gump- a fun detailing of real events told as a saga over many many years. But instead of funny Forest that did unbelievable things, this is a very believable story about a group of characters that I absolutely loved.

When I finished the novel, I actually said out loud- this is the bible for liberalists everywhere! I felt the urge to burn my bra and felt great to be an open minded woman. But then, I realized that that characterization might scare off the people that really should read it! Which is all of us. Liberal or conservative- if you open your mind and read this, you can relate to the characters. We are all detailed in this book in one way or another- regardless of social class, sexual preference, moral beliefs- this book detailed what we are at the core. Humans in search of love filled with vulnerabilities that want to do right.

Carol Anshaw, you did right by writing this book. It should be required reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anshaw is a magician. April 11, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This beautiful and tenderhearted book (all her books are tenderhearted, even at their most drily ironic) joins elegance of structure with a subtle, oblique scrutiny of the dissimilar trajectories through adulthood of three emotionally interdependent siblings, and the friends and lovers who were involved in the terrible accident that ends the first chapter. The magic is declared in the book's title: it describes both the device by which the reader journeys from chapter to chapter, and the special sort of narrative time-travel (skipping whole years in a single leap) that allows us to experience a quarter century of growing up (or failing to do so) for the many characters in this story. I thought Anshaw performed an amazing feat in the unobtrusive, restrained way she gave life to the one character who was robbed of her future right at the start of the book. In the last chapter, Anshaw gives us (or I should say, Olivia, who alone did time for the child's death, and is rendered as an especially closed, opaque personality) a small miracle, a consoling touch whose mystery has been fully earned over the length of the story. Alice, the sister who paints, is a surrogate for the novelist, who captures, and blesses her human creatures (and a couple of dogs) with a patient accumulation of small, attentive touches. Anshaw's books are all about family (even when the family is broken or--as in this book--frayed), about the mismatch between love and passion, and about the rueful, sometimes anxious acknowledgement that we're hopelessly fallible. They're also about the mysteries of time. In Anshaw's world, art (the writer's art especially) is redemptive--and the writing is pitch-perfect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 29 days ago by Dionne K Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
A tragic accident at the end of a day that was supposed to be happy changed the lives of everyone involved. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Librarian Lavender
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quick good read.
Published 1 month ago by Cadly
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Very thought provoking story that needed the reader to stay engaged. I will carry the message it gave me forever.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Laschinski
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think I liked it very much
As I was reading this book, I didn't think I liked it very much. However, it really stuck with me after. I keep thinking about it. Worth the read!
Published 2 months ago by KnightFelicis
1.0 out of 5 stars liked the preview. did not enjoy the book
I wanted to love this book. The preview sucked me into the story, but it turned out that the first chapters were the entire story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LeslieC
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember This....
A feast of words and characters. It's contemplative, sometimes hopelessly sad. But in the end, there is enough hope to give it life.
Published 3 months ago by Sherry D.
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip it
After Carmen's wedding, she, her siblings and their partners tired, stoned and drunk hit and kill a child along the dark roadside and flee the scene. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pink Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story
i loved this book- couldnt put it down! C. Anshaw's sense of humor combined with a deep, dark storyline really made for a page turner.
Published 4 months ago by Kevin d
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting family woven well
Published 5 months ago by linda
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