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Carry the One: A Novel Paperback – October 23, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Does the death of a child haunt those involved? In this case, when the characters of the novel leave a wedding, stoned and inebriated, the car in which they are riding, hits and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by RE Krause
I almost didn’t read “Carry the One” because it had such mixed reviews here on Amazon, one of my go-to book research sites. Read morePublished 5 months ago by seniorchoice
A tragic accident at the end of a day that was supposed to be happy changed the lives of everyone involved. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Suze Lavender
Very thought provoking story that needed the reader to stay engaged. I will carry the message it gave me forever.Published 15 months ago by Mary Laschinski
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 15 months ago by KnightFelicis
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 morePublished 15 months ago by LeslieC