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Carter Clay: A Novel

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"This is before the accident. No one is dead yet. Blood circulates just as it should, two ounces per pump of the heart."
So begins the extraordinary story of Carter Clay, a Vietnam veteran at loose ends. Drunk and driving a van down a Florida highway, Clay smashes into the Alitz family: Joe and Katherine, distinguished paleontologists, ad their daughter, Jersey. Joe is k
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 17th 1999 by Harper
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Amy Weintraub
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel is a model in character development and how to build tension in plot through character.
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Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This tale throws together an alcoholic Viet Nam vet, and three generations of women, MB, Katherine, and Jersey. It reads like a Greek tragedy; do not expect a happy ending. But the reader will definitely have to consider identity, how it is formed and perceived by self. I think Elizabeth Evans is such a good writer that I wil seek out her other books and have already read The Blue Hour and Rowing in Eden.
Rachel
Feb 28, 2008 rated it liked it
This book took a much different turn than I expected, but despite that, it was a pretty good book. It was about a family that got hit by a drunk driver. It was a hit and run, but the driver felt the need to make amends, so he becomes the caretaker of the brain damaged mother and the paraplegic daughter.
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The story seemed like it should have worked but for some reason I could never get into it. I kept picking it up and reading for a day and then put it down for weeks. I tried to love this, but just couldn't.
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Elizabeth Evans was born, raised, and educated in Iowa. She attended Cornell College and the University of Iowa, where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Evans is the author of six books of fiction: As Good As Dead (March 2015), Rowing in Eden, Carter Clay, which was selected by the Los Angeles Times Book Review for the Best Books of 1999, and The Blue Hour, w
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