Carry the One

Carry the One

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 shaped by this one 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 would expect.

"Here's passion and addiction, guilt and damage, all the beautiful mess of family life. Carry the One will lift readers off their feet and bear them along on its eloquent tide." 
Emma Donoghue

"Beautifully observed . . . [Anshaw] intimately dissects how one event or choice can alter the trajectory of a life, how a fork in the road can lead to wholly unexpected and divergent outcome." 
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Reading this book, I felt like I was watching someone cross a tightrope with the same relaxed, assured stride they would use on solid ground. Anshaw doles out psychological acuity, antic humor, cultural critique and profound wisdom as the merest casual asides. It can't be as effortless as she makes it look, but it's a pleasure to soar with her, for a while, on that high wire." Alison Bechdel

Carol AnshawThe Author:

Carol Anshaw teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a narrative painter and is currently working on a sequence of paintings of Vita Sackville-West. Carol and her partner divide their time between Chicago and Amsterdam. Find out more about the author at:

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