Waiting on Wednesday: Carry the One

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Waiting on Wednesday: Carry the One

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: March 6th 2012
Buy the book! | Goodreads

This stunning, break-out 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.”

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.


So I read an excerpt (HERE) this morning and I loved it! Definitely check it out. :)


Jess @ Gone with the Words

8 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: Carry the One”

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    Holy emotional roller coaster! I love the name of the book and how the synopsis explains it. Fantastic pick!

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    WOW! This sounds amazing. And Emma Donoghue has her name on it! I hadn’t heard of it yet, but I’ll be adding it to my list. Thanks so much for making me aware. 

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