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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Anshaw Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidently 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, connect and disconnect and reconnect with each other and their victim. 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 tragedies and joys 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. Deceptively short and simple in its premise, this novel derives its power and appeal from the author’s beautifully precise use of language; her sympathy for her very recognizable, flawed characters; and her persuasive belief in the transforming forces of time and love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully observed…A resonate Big Chill-like look at how time affects relationships.”

    New York Times

  • “Splendid…Seductive…Vivid…In sketches, landscapes, and erotic etchings, [Anshaw] carries not just one but all her characters through a quarter century of adulthood. And she makes the task look graceful.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A brilliant feat of storytelling…One of the most intensely vibrant novels I’ve ever read…This book is that kind of pearl.”

    Boston Globe

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ocean | 2/16/2014

    " Not what I expected. I thought it was going to be about people dealing with a tragedy. More about average people and the small impact this tragedy had on their lives. They don't seem any more messed up than the rest of us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shevy Friedman-Moser | 2/15/2014

    " Sorry, Emma donaghue but I definitely didn't feel swept away in this book's tide. The premise was interesting, though heartbreaking, and the characters were vividly drawn but something about the book just felt...stale. If the book would have focused more on the premise, it may have been a fresher read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeana | 2/12/2014

    " I feel my two-star rating is generous. I really don't understand all the hype surrounding this book. Sometimes too much hype can be a bad thing; it certainly gave me the idea that I had something special here and to be frank, this book is not. This book contains too much girl-on-girl sex that it makes me seriously uncomfortable (it's not just the girl on girl stuff; this much sex in any book is just too much). None of the characters are redeemable in my opinion. The accident and the characters involved in it don't carry the book as it should (or as the description of the book stated). The storyline doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I don't stop reading a book very often before the end, but I'm halfway through and this book just isn't holding my interest at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becky | 2/10/2014

    " Best book I have read in months. After a wedding reception, 5 people get into a car accident and kill a young child. The story then follows the 5 of them for the next 25 years. This book is only about 250 pages, but continuously interesting and heartfelt. It's not the gigantic downer that it sounds like it might be, and the characters are all varied and really interesting. I am definitely going to check out some of this author's previous work. "

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About the Author
Author Carol Anshaw

Carol Anshaw is the author of 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. Carol lives in Chicago.