CARRY THE ONE CAROL ANSHAW PDF

Forrest March 26, Carol Anshaw has, over twenty years, given us a mere four books. But what books they are. Aquamarine, her dazzling debut novel, imagined three plausible futures for Olympic swimmer Jesse Austin. Lucky in the Corner, , tracked the complex, fraught relationship between a daughter and her philandering lesbian mother. The story opens in the aftermath of a wedding that has turned into an orgy of drinking and magic mushrooms, and hot lesbian sex for two women newly discovering each other.

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Forrest March 26, Carol Anshaw has, over twenty years, given us a mere four books. But what books they are. Aquamarine, her dazzling debut novel, imagined three plausible futures for Olympic swimmer Jesse Austin. Lucky in the Corner, , tracked the complex, fraught relationship between a daughter and her philandering lesbian mother. The story opens in the aftermath of a wedding that has turned into an orgy of drinking and magic mushrooms, and hot lesbian sex for two women newly discovering each other.

Carmen and Matt, the bride and groom, soon wave farewell to a carful of guests they know are intoxicated, a car that drives off into the black night with only its parking lights on. A jumble of knees and elbows, and then her face, frozen in surprise, eyes wide open, huge on the other side of the windshield. Her death not so much hovers over these characters as it seeps in to color in very different ways their choices and behavior and experience over the years.

Olivia, in the aftermath of her prison term for felony drunk driving; Alice and Nick in their addictions, physical and emotional:Alice, in a connection to Maude that she cannot seem to sever; Nick, gripped in the machinations and navigations of treatment for a viciously tenacious drug addiction. We sit witness to lives that over the next twenty-five years play out against a travelling matte of cultural change that brings constant shocks of recognition.

Carmen is drawn into the social wars and Alice, whose life is haunted by her artistic imaginings of Casey, achieves success as a painter along with the expansion of her lesbian horizon. Nick becomes a revered astronomer in spite of himself. We are taken authentically into these lives and professions, and into the cities of Chicago and Amsterdam, and given such richness of detail and historical period that we inhabit not only their lives but their worlds.

The interweaving of their stories, with peripheral people drawn into and caught up in them, gains weight and power with each successive page, ever more compelling, unpredictable, hypnotic, the cross-hatching laid for each reader to parse out and trace back to Casey Redman, always tangible and tragic, always inhabiting their souls and the pages of this novel.

Carry the One appears to be a tale of guilt and recrimination, and it is and is not. Its substantive concern is the complexity of human lives and the healing power of time. Much more complicated was living past guilt, bearing the permanence, accommodating the weight of having done something terrible and completely undoable. Fortunately, few of us have experienced anything like the tragedy underpinning this story, but virtually all of us have been in some measure broadsided in a crossroads, suffered a death or an event that derailed us, sent our lives inexorably off in a new direction.

Basking in a wide, generous, compassionate and unfailingly fresh and interesting view of lesbian lives. Basking in the pleasure of language piercing in its specificity and precision, in the complete mastery of mood and tone and cadence. Most especially in fiction that is the highest of high art. Let us hope we do not have to wait another ten years for another book from perhaps the finest lesbian writer in America today.

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Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read. Must redeem within 90 days. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. In that moment, the future lives of those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, are transformed.

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Share via Email Combined, the events in Carry the One could make a catalogue of tragedy. The novel begins in , with five drunk and drugged-up friends accidentally killing a young girl as they drive home from a wedding in Wisconsin. What follows is 25 years chasing penance, with plenty of disappointments and a couple more deaths thrown in. And yet the novel never buckles under its weight.

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