Nov 13, 2014

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

In the early hours of the morning, following a wedding reception, 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, the lives of those involved are subtly shaped by this tragic moment.

Through friendships and love affairs, marriage and divorce, parenthood, addiction, 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 expect.


A tragic accident at the end of a day that was supposed to be happy changed the lives of everyone involved. The accident could have been prevented as the driver was obviously stoned and nobody was paying attention. Three siblings would never be the same. Carmen, the eldest of the three, wasn't in the car, but the accident happened on her wedding day, a not so lucky omen. Alice was in the back and was too involved with the woman she loved to care about who was driving. The driver was Nick's girlfriend. He rode shotgun and was high on drugs. In the years after that horrible night it continues to influence the lives of everyone involved, only some of them are better at surviving than others.
Carry the One isn't an easy read. It's a book that requires time and effort. It took me a few days to finish this book. Carmen is level headed and she's good at solving problems. Politics are important to her, but most of all she loves her son. That was beautiful to see. Alice is a promising artist who suffers because the love of her life doesn't want to admit she's gay. Nick is an astronomer who's so addicted that often he can't think straight, but when he does he discovers the most brilliant things. I truly hoped they would all succeed and even though they're far from perfect I had the feeling I understood them. Carry the One is a beautiful story about love, worship, mistakes, suffering and family ties. It's a story that requires some hard work of the reader and that's definitely worth it. 

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like it covers a very difficult subject


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