Carry the One by Carol Anshaw – Hailed as “beautifully observed” (The New York Times) and “a brilliant feat of storytelling” (The Boston Globe), Carol Anshaw’s. Carol Anshaw’s ‘Carry the One’ is a sharp and arresting work about the intersecting lives of three siblings. Such is the experience on opening Carol Anshaw’s moving and engaging new novel, “Carry the One.” Within a chapter it’s clear that Anshaw.

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We see how, either subtly or obviously, the accident affected each of them and the outcome of their lives. I admit that the advertising farry have been misleading, but I believe that the writer did stay true to t I want to respond to the negative reviews of the book more than the book itself which I enjoyed to an extent. Their lives are already intertwined: Larry H Jennifer wrote: It is thrilling to watch them kick against the friction of their lives – not just the accident, but the more ordinary mishaps like heartbreak, disappointment, humiliation.

Cary the same time, I found myself afraid to turn the pages, because you just knew that some stories would end in tears — and they did, quite literally, for me.

One guest will take the blame, but they will all carry Carry the One has a dramatic beginning: This beautiful and tenderhearted book all her books are tenderhearted, even at their most drily ironic joins elegan This book has gotten totally mixed reviews om Amazon, mostly, IMO, from readers who were looking for a Jodi Picoult kind of novel.

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Early on, I had high hopes for this read. To ask other readers questions about Carry the Oneplease sign up.

Nick is brilliant, but hopelessly addicted to drugs. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. My biggest problem with the novel, besides a stilted writing style, was that the evolution of every character anshaaw little relation to the car accident that is supposedly central to the theme.


There’s much erotic heat going on, and Anshaw is a master at this, somehow using just enough restraint to let one’s mind reel in the most pleasant of ways.

A young girl is killed on a dark country road. The plot is a bit thin and to be honest it had great difficulty holding my interest. Even if I couldn’t completely sympathize with each of the characters throughout the entire book Carmen, in particular, can be more prickly than Nick or AliceI felt totally immersed in the flow of the story and the way their lives progressed.

Good writing alone does not make a good book, but perhaps as a more conservative Catholic plebeian I am not her target audience. Late one night, after Carmen’s wedding reception, a car containing several stoned wedding guests, including her siblings, Alice and Nick; her new sister-in-law and Alice’s girlfriendMaude; Nick’s new girlfriend, Olivia; and Tom, an aspiring singer and sometime-boyfriend of one of Carmen’s friends, accidentally hits and kills a young girl on a dark country road.

A brilliant feat of storytelling. Pink and green plaid shirt. View all 8 comments.

An excellent and haunting novel, recommended. Barnes and Noble Staffer. That little girl becomes a constant presence in their lives. The author makes token efforts to show that the girl’s death at the beginning of the novel had far reaching impact, but never proves her case.

The girl shows up anshhaw Alice’s paintings in the gallery I thought Anshaw performed an especially amazing feat in the unobtrusive, restrained touches by which she gave life to the one character carlo was robbed of her future right at the start of the book. May 08, Darlene rated it really liked it.


It’s a novel about forgiveness, redemption, consequences, time and space, love, family, art, society And Carmen’s brother Nick It started with a wedding. That’s all I will I love the idea behind this book. I was lucky to win a copy of this book on Goodreads. Folk songs are loudly sung, and as a pleasant haze of alcohol and pot permeates the evening, Carmen hopes, with only a little apprehension, “to sit out this early phase of her marriage, the mortifying dances segment”.

I cannot recommend this read. From there, every chapter moves forward a couple years and follows some of the people invovled in the accident.

Carry the One

A group of “friends” are involved in a tragic incident. Slightly better off are those jammed into the back seat. Alice, whose growing success as a painter threatens their artist father, is a lesbian comfortable with her sexuality, something still depressingly rare in mainstream fiction.

Carol Anshaw is a terrific writer, at times, very funny. Though hardly similar, Nick, Alice and Carmen are passionately loyal to one another, and it is their bond, more than the crash, which forms the emotional spine of the book. I was glad to finally get to the end. This is that book that I sort of liked just enough to keep reading, and then, as more pages stacked up on the left, found myself more and more engrossed in.

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