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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This is that book that I sort of liked just enough to keep reading, and then, as more pages stacked up on the left, found myself more and more engrossed in. Carry the One has a dramatic beginning: I kept reading to try and find something positve that came out of these people’s lives, but all I found was a lot of depression and no way to work through it. 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.

Preview — Carry the One by Carol Anshaw.

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw – review

I struggled with the timeline of the book and the jumping back and forth between characters and events. The main characters at the beginning of the book are high and drunk after leaving a wedding reception. Some are bound ansshaw blood ties; some by friendships and even romantic entanglements; but most importantly they all end up bound together by the events of one night.

If you’ve never before read her, you may wish to start with Lucky in the Corner, or Aquamarine. This book deals with addictions, relationships, and bad attitudes. Subtle, bemused, kind and smart, she nails moment after moment: The premise of the book does not follow through because even in the first few pages, the accident is not a surprise and is a result of decisions made.


While tragic, Anshaw’s characters – for the most part – are funny, inspiring and just anshsw enough to free them of stereotype i. Actually quite structurally perfect and apparent simpleness of the novel is deceptive.

I won this book through Goodreads, and was excited anshwa receive it. Given these circumstances, it is unclear that what transpires in the characters’ lives is due to one tragic moment or a series of unfortunate choices.

I also oone that Anshaw does too much telling and precious little showing, which quickly becomes tedious. I realize not every book you read will be uplifting, but my goodness, this one was so depressing that it put me in a onne Okay, I just don’t understand how so many people love this book. Her characters… are so painfully czrol hilariously recognizable that we cannot turn from the familiarity of their circumstances and their flaws.

Carry the One 1 42 Apr 02, But it ISN’T imagined.

Overall, not one I would recommend. I first read a rave review for this book in a magazine.

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw: review

Cwrry all 28 comments. The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall: Carmen and Alice’s lives are more likely shaped by their self-centered bully of a father and detached and ineffectual mother. Carmen’s stories are mostly about doing good and being a suburbanite mom sweet but boring.

And that feels good. View all 4 comments. And of course, there is the never-ending guilt and remorse they feel over her life ending before it had really begun.


The writing was xarry, sure – but I’ve seen better. Her strong attitudes were present throughout the story, and I found them to be heavy handed, not entertaining at all. The poor child that was killed is not relevant to this story. The sister who becomes rich off her art through government grants and spends her earnings all on herself. It took me a while to sort them out in my head.

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw: review – Telegraph

I loved this book, too, Larry! At the same time, I found myself afraid to turn the pages, because you just knew that some stories would end in tears — and they did, quite literally, for me.

ons But she protects her characters’ privacy even when she anwhaw their flaws, and she forgives them, even when they cannot forgive themselves. All these come together, along with the quotidian lumbering of everday life, to burst open the readers mind and heart. These people would have been the same whether they had been in the accident or not. The author makes token efforts to show that the girl’s death at the beginning of the novel had far reaching impact, but never proves her case.

Also, can someone please explain to me what happened to Olivia?