Carry the One by Carol Anshaw – Hailed as “beautifully observed” (The New York Times) and “a brilliant feat of storytelling” (The Boston Globe), Carol Anshaw’s. Carol Anshaw’s ‘Carry the One’ is a sharp and arresting work about the intersecting lives of three siblings. Such is the experience on opening Carol Anshaw’s moving and engaging new novel, “Carry the One.” Within a chapter it’s clear that Anshaw.

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Weeks, months or years elapse between chapters. But it ISN’T imagined. Meanwhile, the writing is beautiful and seamless. The book deals with the heavy issues—loving your parents despite your catry from hell,” letting an addict hit rock bottom without trying to save them, fighting not to love someone you know will hurt you repeatedly—but just as deftly deals with the humor, pathos, and delights of everyday life.

They are spirited and, to a person, sexy. Nor does the forward emotional movement of plot suffer from “big idea syndrome”. They kill a child, she ruins their lives.

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If you’ve never before read her, you may wish to start cqrry Lucky in the Corner, or Aquamarine. Compulsively readable, enthrallingly witty The chara A group of drunk people, on their drive home from a wedding, hit and kill a little girl running across the road.

They try to lose themselves in relationships, careers, drugs, and crusading to help others, but nothing can lessen the pain. Alice, the gay sister who is a painter, is a surrogate for the novelist in real life, Anshaw also paints: Shortly after the accident scene, a pattern develops.

That little girl becomes a constant presence in their lives. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. I believe you need to be on the proper wavelength to fully enjoy this elegant writer’s gifts. I won this book through Goodreads, and was excited to receive it. Unless the point was that tragic events shape but don’t fundamentally change us?


Anshaw uses engaging, sharply realized characters – the dialogue sparkles – plus impressively rendered factoids about astronomy and painting, to delve into the different, often fascinating, ways people handle guilt, resentment, despair. I hate to use the word disappointed, but that is what sums this one up for me. I would not acrry finished this book but for it being a book club pick, although two other book club members did find it too boring to actually finish!

Email required Address never made public. That’s all I will say about that. Twists of Fate, bad judgment, lousy luck.

The caro scenes between the two women were very uncomfortable to read. That was not the case. Alice, meanwhile, doesn’t see Maude again for two years, before she reappears at Alice’s studio.

And to the critique that the characters weren’t sufficiently remorseful, I actually found their responses fairly realistic.

Almost feels like the reader is a voyeur peering on these characters lives. Their characters were caricatures rather than three dimensional. My book group just read another book set in Chicago, but so many of the details were wrong that we found it very distracting. People meet and part and die and survive, just as they do in real life. The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall: This is a story about Carmen, Nick and Alice a group of siblings bound together by a horrible accident that takes the life of a young girl, and continues to distract and to develop each of the siblings in different ways ansaw the ensuing 25 years of their lives.


The sister who becomes rich off her art through government grants and spends her earnings all on herself.

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I wasn’t convinced that the accident was the primary reason for Carmen or Alice’s guilt or their life choices. It started with a wedding. The characters lives were so boring and bad and filled with guilt and torment that you were almost wishing they would die ansha just so you wouldn’t have to read about them.

Carry The One is one of those rare well crafted books on several levels. Preview — Carry the One by Carol Anshaw.

The writing ond nice, sure – but I’ve seen better. Thanks for telling us about xnshaw problem. Even if I couldn’t completely sympathize with each of the characters throughout the entire book Carmen, in particular, can be more prickly than Nick or AliceI felt totally immersed in the flow of the story and the way their lives progressed.

I found this to be a fragmented story about shallow, self-centered people who were not significantly different when the book ended than when it began. What keeps the book engrossing is Anshaw’s writing. Yes, there are times when the story seems anshaaw get on track but fails to deliver. All except the exhausted bride and groom pile into the ne’er-do-well tuxedoed girlfriend’s “cavernous Dodge” for rides back to motels, lodgings, etc, and, with only their fog lights on, they hit and kill a young girl.

However, it is only Olivia who receives a jail sentence.