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Carry Me

Carry Me by Peter Behrens
Feb 23, 2016 | 464 Pages
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Carry Me is a moving meditation on identity and belonging, and a love story to get happily lost in.” —Montreal Gazette

“Behrens captures his narrator’s naïveté and the casual anti-Semitism of the times with great skill and intelligence . . . as true an observation about human nature as there is.” —Dennis Bock, The New York Times Book Review

“Peter Behrens is a powerful stylist . . . if exile is Behrens’s obsession, he’s still making it work in his fiction.” The Globe and Mail

Carry Me is “staggeringly epic.” Toronto Star

“[CARRY ME] is both poetry and cartography. . . . Behrens has mined truths so skillfully that in reading they can slip by unnoticed; they’re never glaring or contrived. They leave the reader with a feeling Billy describes as he’s driving across Germany. . . . Great writing keeps readers on this threshold, in liminal space, wanting to know and understand more than literature or life will allow, anxious for the next big lesson. CARRY ME is full of this kind of searching, characters looking for a way to map their lives against war and love and change.”
 —Heidi Sistare, Portland Press Herald
“Behrens is a beautiful, lyric writer. His understanding of the age and command of it, moment to moment, is impressive . . . everything is beautiful in the details, in the smallness of personal moments even as we know that no matter how calm, how peaceful the moment, it will not last.”
—Jason Sheehan, NPR
“Carry Me‘s perspective on war’s tragedies is beautifully composed, and heartbreakingly credible.”
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“Behrens is so fine at both sweeping and granular evocations of history, so good at vividly and economically painting his minor players…[his] prose thrills to the indelible and irrevocable.”
Washington Post
“Make[s] the past feel stunningly close at hand.”
“Stunning imagery and fully realized characters…Timely in its depiction of North America as the mythical land of hope for so many, and timeless in its exploration of the effects of bigotry and the power of love…a brilliant and entertaining read.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“The story’s essence is the relationship between kindred spirits Karin and Billy, but its fascination lies in the backdrop of Europe’s upheaval. Set in England and Germany and moving between World War I and the rise of the Nazis, the book tracks the way allegiances shift during wartime and the devastating impact of being ‘othered,’ and not just its impact on Jews…The tension and the expertly drawn portrait of Europe at war make this novel a winner.”
Now Magazine
“Vividly imagined . . . This ambitious novel provides a panoramic view of a continent and a microscopic view of two individuals hovering precariously between the two World Wars . . . Moving seamlessly back and forth between times and countries, Behrens paints a stunningly intimate portrait in wide, universal strokes.” 

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