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Carry Yourself Back to Me Paperback – September 20, 2011
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“Deborah Reed takes a long look at love in this graceful novel. The kind of love that ravages and lays waste to her characters, and the kind of love that might finally save us all.”—Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River, and a National Book Award finalist for American Salvage
"Deborah Reed's novel, Carry Yourself Back to Me, marries gorgeous and wise prose with a can't-help-but-read-one-more-chapter plot. In it, Reed weaves a complex story of love and longing that's mysterious, intelligent and full of heart. She had me from page one." –Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
"Deborah Reed writes with stunning precision and grace, and with great insight into the emotional lives of her characters. CARRY YOURSELF BACK TO ME is a suspenseful, entertaining and psychologically complex novel by a gifted new writer." –Andrew Porter, author of The Theory of Light & Matter (Flannery O'Connor Award) and In Between Days
"Written in lush prosaic language, Carry Yourself Back to Me is a study in the range and depth of human emotion, breathing new life into the story of love and loss through the experience of richly-developed characters as they navigate their complex relationships… Reed takes the reader on a narrative journey as lyrical and familiar as the saddest love song.”—PORTLAND BOOK REVIEW
“Reed [writes] beautifully, with a gift for revealing her characters’ pain and strength in equal measures.” —ORLANDO SENTINEL
“Highly recommended… One of the images Reed uses repeatedly and to good effect is that of things being scrubbed clean, refreshed, renewed with a clean(er) slate. And a version of that is what the reader feels upon finishing this book: the mind is filled, yes, but expanded. Reed nudges outward the mind’s corners, broadening the space to fit a new good story.” —BOOKSLUT
“This ain’t no simple love story. It’s more like the story of our lives, rendered up close and very personal. It’s also remarkably akin to how our lives have been put to song by traditional American troubadours, primarily of the Southern variety. That’s not to say Reed’s forlorn tale is the mere literary equivalent of a country song, mind you. But it isn’t very difficult to imagine Patsy Cline or June Carter Cash voicing the sentiments that make this such a compelling debut.” —SUN POST WEEKLY
"Carry Yourself Back To Me is a beautifully written, thoroughly engaging novel. Deborah Reed's prose is lyrical, elegant, and vivid--she is a standout among new American novelists." —Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, and Drinking Closer to Home
"Deborah Reed has written here a novel peopled with real, flesh-and-bone characters—men and women both as good and delightfully flawed as our best friends, our spouses, ourselves. And the icing on this cake is Reed's lucid, lovely prose. Carry Yourself Back to Me is, simply, a pleasure to read." —Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, author of This Life She's Chosen, and Swimming With Strangers
"Deborah Reed's novel, Carry Yourself Back To Me, tells the compelling story of long-held family secrets, romantic entanglements and a small town murder that starts it all unraveling. With deft humor and insight and a marvelous sense of pacing, Reed explores the limits of trust and loyalty, the enduring nature of family bonds, and the clash between illusions and truth in the quest for lasting love." —Jim Tomlinson, author of Things Kept, Things Left Behind (Iowa Short Fiction Award)
"Deborah Reed writes beautifully about the interlocking puzzles of romantic and family love, and the patterns that play out from generation to generation. While her protagonist is a master of the sad song, Reed achieves a symphonic effect–rich, intense and surprisingly joyful." —Dawn Raffel, author of Carrying The Body, and The Secret Life of Objects
"Gritty, lyrical, and suspenseful. The jealousies, desires, and hopes of the characters feel grippingly real. Reed has written a beautiful book." —Deborah Willis, author of Vanishing and Other Stories (finalist for the Governor General's Award)
From Publishers Weekly
More About the Author
Deborah also wrote Carry Yourself Back to Me, a Best Book of 2011 Amazon Editors' Pick, and she is the author of the bestselling thriller, A Small Fortune and its sequel, Fortune's Deadly Descent, under her pen name, Audrey Braun. All of her novels have been translated or are forthcoming in German. Her nonfiction has appeared in journals such as Poets & Writers and The Literarian. Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) and teaches at the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where she is also co-director of the program. She lives in Manzanita, Oregon. Find out more at her website: www.deborahreed.me
Top Customer Reviews
The book's protagonist is Annie, a singer song-writer, six months after her long time lover and soul mate has left her, breaking her heart. Meanwhile, her brother Calder has been arrested for a murder that no one who knows him could ever see him committing. Calder has fallen in love with a married woman, and, when her husband is murdered, Calder is arrested purely on motive.
The book unfolds both in the here-and-now and in flashbacks to Annie's childhood. This leads us to see the characters in all their complexity, which is this book's allure: we come to understand the people and their motives.
This book will resonate in readers' minds. They will appreciate that love is presented in all its messiness: there are choices, there are heartaches, and there is forgiveness
It is the story of Annie Walsh, Singer/Songwriter, who is going through a slump due to being dumped by her boyfriend. I right away thought this was going to be a predictable romantic love story. It is absolutely anything but predictable. Annie is faced with dealing with a brother and his murder charges, a distant mother, even more distant uncle and a blast from the past in the way of a new boyfriend.
The way this author weaves together this story and these characters is remarkable. It takes place in Central Florida, it's Christmas and it is snowing and it is the first time ever for the characters of this novel to see snow. Annie sails through her crisis with her present melting into her past with a satisfying conclusion. This was well worth reading!!
I loved this book and would highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read! Lived tge twist at the end! A few of the plots floundered a bit. Still loved it tho.Published 4 days ago by Jill Hatfield
Beautifully written novel on love, loss, family and redemption. It was a quick read and was just what I wanted on a snowy weekend.Published 18 days ago by Ned
Love her writing.After second book by her I realize she is very good at writing about pain.I'm on to Olivay now.Published 21 days ago by marsha gardner
I enjoyed this book very much. This author has a way of pulling you in with her words making you feel as if you know these characters. Read morePublished 28 days ago by J. Goris
I read this book in record time. I really enjoyed it and would love a sequel. I started out wanting one endin, and found the ending I got more satisfactory.Published 2 months ago by S. Schlager
Loved the story line....BUT I often felt like I was being left out on the story....As a movie it would be ok and easy to follow but as a book I felt like it jumped from the present... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kim pruett
This is a great story but it's too sad. It talks of secrets and hardship but doesn't really offer much hope or happiness.Published 3 months ago by S. Samuel
She wrote good description but the book was too long . Nice phrases. Good characterization. Overall I would recommend this bookPublished 4 months ago by Dorothy Penland