Last week in DC, I sat down in Kramerbooks and read a short story by Carol Anshaw in the the Best American Short Stories 2012. I liked it so much, I immediately bought her novel Carry the One. I wasn’t disappointed. This writing is rich with imagery, the characters are complex, contemporary, and believable, and the moral dilemmas thought-provoking and not easily solved. Here is the opening:
Here’s a scene from later that evening:
As it turns out, nothing gets better from here. But because the writing is so good, I gobbled the book like candy. It didn’t even last the whole pane ride home; I couldn’t ration myself. Now I’ve checked out her earlier novels from the library. What a lucky find.