Carry the One

Carry the One

3.12 (9,830 ratings by Goodreads)
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Hailed as "beautifully observed" (The New York Times) and "a brilliant feat of storytelling" (The Boston Globe), Carol Anshaw's New York Times bestselling novel is one of the most acclaimed books of the year. "When you add us up, you always have to carry the one." Following a devastating moment in the hours after Carmen's wedding, three siblings and their friends move through the next twenty-five years under its long shadow. 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. Whether they take refuge in art, drugs, social justice, or love, Carol Anshaw's characters are sympathetic, funny, and uncannily familiar as they reflect back to us our deepest pain and longings, our joys, and our transcendent moments of understanding.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 20mm | 249g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1451656939
  • 9781451656930
  • 992,259

Review quote

"Beautifully observed . . . [Anshaw] intimately dissects how one event or choice can alter the trajectory of a life, how a fork in the road can lead to wholly unexpected and divergent outcomes . . . a resonate 'Big Chill'-like look at how time affects relationships. . . . Though the novel grapples with the many sadnesses of life . . . it does so with lyricism and humor. . . . We are pulled along by [Anshaw's] uncommon ability to describe just about anything. . . . As the years unfurl in this affecting novel, memories of the accident that took Casey Redman's life receed, but the fallout from that night has been internalized by everyone involved, invisibly shaping their outlook on the world, their feelings about love and responsibility and regret."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
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About Carol Anshaw

Carol Anshaw is the author of Right After the Weather, Carry the One, Aquamarine, Seven Moves, and Lucky in the Corner. She has received the Ferro-Grumley Award, the Carl Sandburg Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. She lives in Chicago and Amsterdam.
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Rating details

9,830 ratings
3.12 out of 5 stars
5 11% (1,034)
4 27% (2,650)
3 35% (3,453)
2 19% (1,888)
1 8% (805)
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