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Carry me: a novel

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A devastating novel of war, love, and escape from the award-winning author of The Law of Dreams and The O'Briens During childhood summers on the sunstruck Isle of Wight in the years before the First World War, Billy is entranced by Karin, the elusive daughter of a German-Jewish industrialist. Reunited on a Frankfurt estate in that war's hungry aftermath, Karin and Billy become fascinated with tribal rituals found in the Wild West stories of Karl May, whose Winnetou tales are among the most popular books published in Germany. Coming of age in Frankfurt and Berlin, Karin and Billy share a passion for speed, jazz, and nightclubs. They also share a fantasy of escape--from darkening Germany, from history--to El Llano Estacado, the high plains of Texas and New Mexico, vividly reimagined in May's fiction. Intriguing characters braid this intricate and harrowing story together, from golden Edwardian summers to London under Zeppelin attack, Ireland on the brink of its War of Independence, and Germany collapsing into the Hitler era. As a society loses its civic and moral bearings, a childhood friendship deepens into a love affair with extraordinarily high stakes. Brilliantly conceived and elegantly written, Carry Me is an epic for grown-ups, an unusual love story, and a lucid meditation on Europe's violent twentieth century.
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display_description"CARRY ME is told from the perspective of Billy, born to a German father and an Irish mother who are employees on the summer estate of the German-Jewish Baron von Weinbrenner on the scenic Isle of Wight. The book's brilliant narrative twines together the love story of Billy and Karin, the baron's free-spirited daughter, during several crucial months in 1938, and their childhood journey, separately and together, leading up to that 1938 moment when their fates hang in the balance. Billy's backstory takes us through England, Ireland, and Germany, where his family is deported as the political situation in 1930s Europe deteriorates. They find refuge at the Weinbrenners' beautiful home outside Frankfurt, where Billy's father becomes the horse trainer in the baron's famous stables, and the teenage Billy reconnects with the seductively devil-may-care Karin. The two ride horses and shoot bow and arrows in the woods, and share the beloved Winnetou novels of Karl May, whose sere West Texas landscape becomes a powerful beacon in their relationship when they reach young adulthood, suggesting a possible path to freedom as the Germany they once knew is deteriorating rapidly. Billy, with his British passport, schemes to get Karin out of the country, and the reader almost can't breathe, waiting for them to board a boat. Poetic, allusive, and profound, CARRY ME is the true story of Peter's father -- brilliantly reimagined as a love story, a historical epic, and a powerful meditation on the vagaries of politics and the pull of family"--
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subject_facetGermany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Love stories
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction
Romance fiction
title_displayCarry me : a novel
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Historical Fiction
History
Literature
Man-woman relationships