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Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
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Carry The One by Carol Anshaw has been touted as a book about a group of young people leaving a wedding stoned and drunk who run into a young girl, hitting her with their automobile and killing her. Supposedly, they carry her with them as their lives progress and that is how the novel gets its title. I didn’t find the story like that at all.

There are several supporting characters in this novel but it is primarily about a group of three siblings, Alice, Nick and Carmen. Alice is a burgeoning artist who finds fame and fortune in the art world. Nick is a brilliant astronomer who is an addict and can never get out of his personal hell despite rehab after rehab. Carmen is a social activist who advocates for several liberal causes and runs a women’s shelter. All of them go on in their lives occasionally remembering the dead girl, Casey Redman, but they don’t ‘carry ‘ her with them most of the time.

Alice does do a series of paintings of Casey growing up, still dressed in the same outfit she had on when she was hit with an automobile. Mostly though, Alice is consumed with her passion for Maude and her career. Carmen occasionally thinks of Casey, but rarely. Nick wants to avoid his feelings through alcohol and drugs and regularly visits Casey’s mother and occasionally Casey’s father. He is the one who carries Casey’s memory though it is blotted out of his consciousness by his addictions.

The story is interesting but filled with clichés and the style is somewhat minimalist. I enjoy rich characters and language which I found lacking in this book. While it is a book I finished it is not one that I’d recommend to my friends. There is something lacking and that is the meaning of the title. Casey is not carried by these people through their lives. She comes to them once in a while but they proceed along very nicely (except for Nick) without her.
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message 1: by Jill (new) - added it

Jill Interesting, Bonnie. I received an ARC of this and reached the same conclusion. Decided not to share until you made up your own mind...

Bonnie Brody Thanks for commenting Claire. I agree with you and felt that there were a lot of gaps in this book. Bonnie

message 3: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Thanks for this review. It was helpful, and I think my gut instinct to skip this book is probably correct. It sounds like we have the same peeves when it comes to our reading material.

Bonnie Brody Stephanie, I feel sure you made the right choice in skipping this one. Bonnie

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