Carry the One



Carry the One When You Add Us Up, You Always Have To Carry The OneFollowing 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.

10 thoughts on “Carry the One

  1. says:

    1.67 StarsThe premise of Carry the One is simple and so very promising Carol Anshaw begins her storyin 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, connect and disconnect and reconnect with each other and their victim As one character says, When you add us up, you always have to c 1.67 StarsThe premise of Carry the One is simple and so very promising Carol Anshaw begins her storyin 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, 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 oneHowever, my hopes for the novel were quickly dashed I expected a good character driven story along the lines of those told by Joyce Carol Oates and Jodi Picoult because tragedies affect individuals so very differently Some people may be so guilt ridden that they may carry their guilt to the extreme and self destruct, while others are driven to lead lives devoted to helping others while losing their own identity in their efforts.But Anshaw focuses primarily on Carmen, N...

  2. says:

    Wow I loved this book.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 girlfriend , Maude 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 The accident affects each of them differently, but sticks with each of them for the rest of their lives Carr Wow I loved this book.Late one night, after Carmen s wedding reception, a car co...

  3. says:

    Either Goodreads is going to have to addstar giving capabilities, or I will have to go and undo many 5 star ratings I have given, reconsidered in comparison with this book There is a casual conversation in the book describing how before the big bang, the entire universe was the size of a dime There is another one about whether one could possibly step outside of time Don t be put off, I know nothing about physics or astronomy and I followed it easily There is an artist who paints a se Either Goodreads is going to have to addstar giving capabilities, or I will have to go and undo many 5 star ratings I have given, reconsidered in comparison with this book There is a casual conversation in the book describing how before the big bang, the entire universe was the size of a dime There is another one about whether one could possibly step outside of time Don...

  4. says:

    This is the worst book I ve read in a long time Sorry I a paid for it and sorry I had to give it a one star rating but there was no zero.The premise of the book is what drew me in and effectively had nothing to do with the book This book was nothingthan multiple adults expressing their inability for any persnal resposibility They kill a child, she ruins their lives Bad parenting, ruins their lives They are free to make poor decisions because the past has somehow bound them to it.Bette This is the worst book I ve read in a long time Sorry I a paid for it and sorry I had to give it a one star rating but there was no zero.The premise of the book is what drew me in and effectively had nothing to do with the book This book was nothingthan multiple adults expressing their inability for any persnal resposibility They kill a child, she ruins their lives Bad parenting, ruins their lives They are free to make poor decisions because the past has somehow bound them...

  5. says:

    I really enjoyed this novel The writing is excellent and the story rang true for me Each of the siblings is flawed, often in very destructive ways but their love for each other was close to unconditional Unlike many of the reviewers here, I liked Alice, Carmen and Nick I also liked the way the author started many new chapters in a much later time period It would take me a paragraph or two to catch the drift but I enjoyed the surprise I wasn t convinced that the accident was the primary rea I really enjoyed this novel The writing is excellent and the story rang true for me Each of the siblings is flawed, often in very destructive ways but their love for each other was close to unconditional Unlike many of the reviewers here, I liked Alice, Carmen and Nick I also liked the way the author started many new chapters in a much later time period It would take me a paragraph or two to catch the drif...

  6. says:

    A group of drunk people, on their drive home from a wedding, hit and kill a little girl running across the road This happens in the first chapter, and is quite the start From there, every chapter moves forward a couple years and follows some of the people invovled in the accident My problem with the book was that the accident has little to do with the story after that first chapter, which isn t what I expected based on the synopsis The writing was nice, sure but I ve seen better The chara A group of drunk people, on their drive home from a wedding, hit and kill a little girl running across the road This happens in the first chapter, and is quite the start From there, every chapter moves forward a couple years and follows some of the people invovled in the accident My problem with the book was that the accident has little to do with the story af...

  7. says:

    Review posted on Alexa Loves BooksEven though I finished this novel last week, I found I needed a little time before I could even attempt to write a coherent review There were just a lot of words and impressions and feelings swirling about in my head though they remain untamed, it is my hope that I can organize them in a way that can fully and sufficiently express what I thought of Carry the One.Carol Anshaw has a masterful way with words The story is beautifully written, with characters that Review posted on Alexa Loves BooksEven though I finished this novel last ...

  8. says:

    The first thing I noticed about this book, Carry the One by Carol Anshaw, was the title I love the dual meaning the reference to mathematics and also how it ultimately relates to the specifics of this story.This book is filled with complex characters with complicated relationships to each other Some are bound by blood ties some by friendships and even romantic entanglements but most importantly they all end up bound together by the events of one night. a night that binds them through g The first thing I noticed about this book, Carry the One by Carol Anshaw, was the title I love the dual meaning the reference to mathematics and also how it ultimately relates to the specifics of this story.This book is filled with complex characters with complicated relationships to each other Some are bound by blood ties some by friendships and even romantic entanglements but most importantly they all end up bound together by ...

  9. says:

    This book has gotten totally mixed reviews om , mostly, IMO, from readers who were looking for a Jodi Picoult kind of novel I believe you need to be on the proper wavelength to fully enjoy this elegant writer s gifts If you ve never before read her, you may wish to start with Lucky in the Corner, or Aquamarine This is my take on Carry the One Carol Anshaw is a magician 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 , m...

  10. says:

    I was lucky to win a copy of this book on Goodreads.The first thing that stood out to me about this book was the absolute skill of the writer the subject matter is a hard one, and she manages to narrate the story is a detached manner, but the prose is just gorgeous Massive talent here The main event that this book revolves around chapter one I m not spoiling the book, promise is a tragic accident A group of young people, drunk and or high depending on the character drive down a countr I was lucky to win a copy of this book on Goodreads.The first thing that stood out to me about this book was the absolute skill of the writer the subject matter is a hard one, and she manages to narrate the story is a detached manner, but the prose is just gorgeous Massive talent here The main event that this book revolves around chapter one I m not spoiling the book, promise is a tragic accident A group of young people, drunk and or high depending on the character drive...

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