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PDF ↠ BOOK Carry the One é CAROL ANSHAW é “When you add us up you always have to carry the one” Following 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; parenthXpect 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 understandi 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 uite 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 characters were flawed but boring and I couldn't connect or care about any of them Maybe my expectations were too high but it was the cover's synopsis that made me think the book would be incredibly moving and it wasn't

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E 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 e 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 reason for Carmen or Alice's guilt or their life choices Nick on the other hand clearly self destructs from that moment on He admits to himself and eventually to Alice that he saw the girl emerge into the road in time to possibly prevent the accident He's the one that periodically revisits the place and the family of the young girl Carmen and Alice's lives are likely shaped by their self centered bully of a father and detached and ineffectual mother Carol Anshaw is a terrific writer at times very funny Nick as tragic as he was could make me laugh out loud He never seemed to lose his sweetness or naiveté even as he sank into total despair and death in the end Finally it's enjoyable to read a novel with lesbian characters that is so well written humorous and poignant

BOOK ↠ Carry the One Æ Carol Anshaw

Carry the One“When you add us up you always have to carry the one” Following 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 lov 167 StarsThe premise of Carry the One is simple and so very promising Carol Anshaw begins her story ” in 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 one’” However my hopes for the novel were uickly 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 Nick and Alice Through each sibling’s point of view the reader sees each going through varying stages of their lives without much thought to ten year old Casey Redman Though Alice paints the little girl each year in the same clothes she wore the night she was killed as Alice thought she would be Anshaw failed to explore the artist’s need to paint the child Alice’s visit to the home where Anne Frank hid for 2 years was a missed opportunity given Alice’s reaction to both dead girls Anshaw was interested in Alice’s relationship with Maude Matt’s sister The sex scenes between the two women were very uncomfortable to read Carmen did not seem affected by the accident throughout her life She never mentioned the accident and rarely commented when one of the nine “so called” friends commented upon it Yet Matt used the accident as a reason for the dissolution of their marriage; the other was he wanted “someone Catholic the attitudes of both Carmen and Matt I dare say reflected those of the author and as a Catholic myself was very offensive Annulment is a long process that begins at the pastoral parish level and ends at the Papal level The reasons given by the author for their Annulment is not among the 5 conditions that the Church considers declaring a marriage null Also Carmen’s journey toward radial activism is really not Catholic either The scene at the Women’s Center while dramatic did not ring true to me since I’ve never seen any violence during annual prayer vigilances I attend protesting the Roe v Wade decision – my only activist action Anshaw depicts her as strong woman but she gets so very overwhelmed as a single mother she has Carmen dressing Gabe in his school clothes at bed time so he would be ready when he awoke What right minded woman liberal or not would do such a thing Nick’s story rings true to the novel’s premise He is the most affected by the tragic accident other than the actual driver Olivia Nick is brilliant but hopelessly addicted to drugs His struggle with his addiction and his secret guilt is the most interesting of all of the characters He marries Olivia visits Casey’s parents and fights his brilliance out of that guilt through drugs and alcohol We know the end of his struggles as they are beginning Yet Olivia is completely enigamic She spends time in federal prison not for her role in Redman’s death but for the undelivered mail the Police found in the trunk of her car She comes out of prison hard and isolated accepting punishment for the child’s death She further atones for sin by deciding not to have children Why the author chose to place Olivia at the beginning and end of the novel is baffling since she was integral to the story’s premise Also Olivia was one of the interesting characters Carry the One was really the three siblings’ story A coming of age story about the effects of an abusive father and a not so present mother that really formed their choices in life rather than how a tragic event changed their lives Their characters were caricatures rather than three dimensional Anshaw’s writing was superb most of time with a few misses here and there Her strong attitudes were present throughout the story and I found them to be heavy handed not entertaining at all Good writing alone does not make a good book but perhaps as a conservative Catholic plebeian I am not her target audience