Carry the One

By Carol Anshaw; Cristina Alger
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410448309, 435pp.)

Publication Date: June 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Reading Group List
“Carmen and Matt's wedding was festive, full of dancing, drinking, and celebrating the joining of two lives. But for Carmen and Matt their wedding night would not be remembered solely with joy, but rather as the night a car full of their relatives and close friends headed out into the dark and accidentally killed a young girl on a lonely stretch of road. The occupants of that car and the wedding couple would be shackled by the guilt of that night for years to come. Carry the One examines the subtle shades of change this tragic accident causes in their lives. It is a compelling story of friendship, loss, betrayal, and life at its most real.”
-- deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2012 Indie Next List
“Carmen and Matt's wedding was festive, full of dancing, drinking, and celebrating the joining of two lives. but for Carmen and Matt their wedding night would not be remembered solely with joy, but rather as the night a car full of their relatives and close friends headed out into the dark and accidentally killed a young girl on a lonely stretch of road. The occupants of that car and the wedding couple would be shackled by the guilt of that night for years to come. Carry the One examines the subtle shades of change this tragic accident causes in their lives. It is a compelling story of friendship, loss, betrayal, and life at its most real.”
-- Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR


Description
This stunning, breakout achievement has already been hailed by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of "Room," for presenting "passion and addiction, guilt and damage, all the beautiful mess of family life. "Carry the One" will lift readers off their feet and bear them along on its eloquent tide."



NPR
Thursday, Apr 5, 2012

In a new novel from Carol Anshaw called Carry the One, the repercussions of a single shared moment in her character's lives reverberates for years. Reviewer Alan Cheuse thinks the book plays out well in this review. Cheuse teaches writing at George Mason University. More at NPR.org

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  1. At her wedding reception, Carmen, in a moment of doubt about marriage, thinks: “Still, there was nothing to be done about it now. Forward was the only available direction.” How much of life is lived on this principle—taking the step that seems to come next? How often does this turn out to be following one bad decision with another based on the first? How does this apply to the characters in this book?

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