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Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Carry the One begins on a wedding day in 1983. Carmen is marrying Matt, a man she hardly knows, because she is pregnant. On the way home from the wedding, the car carrying Carmen's siblings, Alice and Nick, and driven by Nick's girlfriend Olivia, strikes and kills a 10-year-old girl. It's a watershed event for all of their lives. Olivia goes to jail, Nick becomes an addict, Carmen's marriage falters, and Alice becomes a famous artist who best works are her private paintings of the dead girl. For the years afterward, the ties that bind them together help to heal as much as they remind them of their shared pain. Carol Anshaw's novel has received positive reviews with BookPage saying, "Anshaw's prose in Carry the One is delicate and effortless, flowing from one beautifully believable scene to another. Its quiet power lies in her observation of how easy it is to destroy something and how much effort it takes to focus on keeping everything-and everyone-together."