Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

By Carol Anshaw

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Carry the One
starts within the hours following Carmen’s marriage ceremony reception, while a motor vehicle full of stoned, under the influence of alcohol, and sleepy site visitors by chance hits and kills a woman on a gloomy nation highway. For the subsequent twenty-five years, these concerned, together with Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in line with this unmarried tragic second. As one personality says, “When you upload us up, you usually need to hold the one.” via friendships and amorous affairs; marriage and divorce; parenthood, vacation trips, and the modest calamities and triumphs of standard days, Carry the One exhibits how one existence impacts one other and the way those that thrive and those that self-destruct are toward one another than we’d anticipate. As they search redemption via dependancy, social justice, and paintings, Anshaw’s characters mirror our private soreness and longings, our joys, and our transcendent moments of realizing. This clever, wry, and erotically charged novel derives its strength and charm from the author’s beautiful use of language; her sympathy for her recognizable, very mistaken characters; and her persuasive trust within the reworking forces of time and love.

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Now, why don't you go find Mrs. Simpson? " She gave Polly a little push and watched as she disappeared down the stairs. Henry sucked in her breath as she tried to figure out what to do next. She had half a mind to turn around and ignore Dunford's summons, but the blasted man would only pull the bellpull again, and when he asked why no one had answered his previous summons—of course Polly was going to say Henry had intercepted her. Taking very slow steps to allow herself time to compose a plan, she walked down the hall to his room.

He made his way down the stairs, slipped around the corner, and crept through the small dining room to the—wait! Was that a light in the kitchen? Henry. The blasted girl was eating. She was wearing a long, white, cotton nightgown which floated angelically around her. Henry? An angel? Ha! He scooted himself against the wall and peeked around the corner, careful to keep himself in shadows. " She shoved a biscuit into her mouth, washed it down with a glass of milk, and then picked up a slice of—was that ham?

Henry couldn't breathe—she'd entirely forgotten how, and the murderous look in his eyes made her legs turn to jelly. " she croaked in disbelief. He let her go abruptly and smiled, cocking a brow as she slid down into a crouch. "Not at all," he said smoothly. " Henry's mouth fell open. The man was insane. " Her throat worked convulsively. " She gasped for breath. "And—" He paused to look down at her. "Oh, Christ. " She bawled. " He reached for his handkerchief, realized it was stained with slop, then shoved it back in his pocket.

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