Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
A Novel

84%

5 Critic Reviews

But I found myself wishing Carol Shields were also still around to read it...both she and Anshaw give readers the reward of paying close, forgiving attention to ordinary people as they illuminate flawed, likable characters with sympathy and truth.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Carol Anshaw

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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.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by SYLVIA BROWNRIGG on Mar 23 2012

But I found myself wishing Carol Shields were also still around to read it...both she and Anshaw give readers the reward of paying close, forgiving attention to ordinary people as they illuminate flawed, likable characters with sympathy and truth.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Mar 12 2012

...we are pulled along by her uncommon ability to describe just about anything...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Anna Trench on Nov 17 2012

It is delicate in its touch yet huge in its reach.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Patrick Ness on Oct 26 2012

Carry the One is a marvellous novel, grown-up, smart and emotionally intelligent about people who, like the rest of us, try but mostly fail to keep our ducks in a row, "as if there was any reliable way of ordering ducks".

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Deborah Dundas on Jul 07 2012

Anshaw’s succinct, sparkling writing holds the story together.

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