Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw [Reviews]

Carry the One4 out of 5 Robots!

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release: March 6, 2012
Hardcover: 253 Pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Carry the One begins 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.

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.
  (Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw follows three siblings, Carmen, Alice and Nick through their lives following the accident that kills Casey Redman. The plot is very well written and you can really feel the heartbreak that rips through the characters.  

Each sibling is complex and well drawn out.  I enjoyed reading how their lives unfold.  But I didn’t feel that Casey’s death affected the outcomes of their lives very much.  Obviously they all thought about her and tried to atone for their sins.  But I don’t know if their lives would have turned out much differently if they hadn’t been in that car.  The person who arguably is the most affected, Olivia, is such a side character that it is impossible to know anything about her.  

The other problem is that they are all supposed to be connected because of the car accident in a sort of “club” that no one wants to be a member of.  But, again, they would be connected anyway either by marriage, friendship or family. Don't get me wrong, I think it is extremely well written, but I'm not sure it accomplishes what it sets out to. Regardless, it receives four robots as it is a very satisfactory read- give it a go if you find it interesting.


  1. The synopsis of this story really intrigued me, it kind of reminded me of a non scary version of I Know What You Did Last Summer (without the person trying to kill them all). I'm disappointed to hear that in truth the characters aren't that affected by the death. I'm still a little interested to see how the story develops.

  2. Andrea, it was definitely a good book! I just think the accident was secondary to life itself, you know? But it was worth my time to read.



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