Thursday, November 14, 2013
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
There are five main characters that we follow are linked by a single event. Carmen and Matt's wedding is at a rural farm in the middle of nowhere, and five people who are leaving together, all in various stages of intoxication, are in a car that hits and kills a young girl. They stop, attempt to resuscitate her, alert the proper authorities, and the driver, Olivia, goes to jail. Carmen's two siblings, Nick and Alice, Matt's sister Maude, and a friend Tom all live with this traumatic event over the years, and the book is about how each and every one of them copes with trauma. None of them have a traditional PTSD, so it is a fresh and interesting approach.
First of all, this is not a dreary, sad, or difficult book. Lots of relationships begin and end, don't get me wrong, but it is more matter of fact than a downer. The characters each have things that they learn and things that they are adversely affected by as a result of being involved in the death of a child, which is how it happens when you have a healthy resolution of a trauma. Very nicely done.