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Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

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Through friendships and love affairs; marriage and divorce; parenthood, holidays, and the modest tragedies and joys of ordinary days, Carry the One shows how one life affects another and how those who thrive and those who self-destruct are closer to each other than we'd expect.
Through friendships and love affairs; marriage and divorce; parenthood, holidays, and the modest tragedies and joys of ordinary days, Carry the One shows how one life affects another and how those who thrive and those who self-destruct are closer to each other than we'd expect.

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Published by: Simon and Schuster on Oct 24, 2011
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Simon & Schuster1230 Avenue o the AmericasNew York, NY 10020Tis book is a work o ction. Names, characters, places, and incidentseither are products o the author’s imagination or areused ctitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or localesor persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2012 by Carol Anshawwo sections o this book were originally published in slightly diferent versions as stories—Hammam in
Story,
then in
Best American Short Stories,
ouch and Go in
Tin House
.All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book orportions thereo in any orm whatsoever. For inormation, addressSimon & Schuster Subsidiary Rights Department,1230 Avenue o the Americas, New York, NY 10020.First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition March 2012SIMON & SCHUSER and colophon are registered trademarks o Simon & Schuster, Inc.For inormation about special discounts or bulk purchases,please contact Simon & Schuster Special Sales at1-866-506-1949 or business@simonandschuster.com.Te Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau can bring authors toyour live event. For more inormation or to book an event,contact the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau at1-866-248-3049 or visit our website at www.simonspeakers.com.Designed by Nancy SingerManuactured in the United States o America10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Library o Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataISBN: 978-1-4516-3688-8ISBN: 978-1-4516-3689-5 (ebook)
 
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