"Deborah Reed has written here a novel peopled with real, flesh-and-bone characters—men and women both as good and delightfully flawed as our best friends, our spouses, ourselves. And the icing on this cake is Reed's lucid, lovely prose. Carry Yourself Back to Me is, simply, a pleasure to read." --Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, author of This Life She's Chosen and Swimming with Strangers
"Carry Yourself Back to Me marries gorgeous and wise prose with a can't-help-but-read-one- more-chapter plot. In it, Reed weaves a complex story of love and longing that's mysterious, intelligent, and full of heart. She had me from page one." --Cheryl Strayed, author of the novel Torch, and Wild, a memoir
"Deborah Reed writes beautifully about the interlocking puzzles of romantic and family love and the patterns that play out from generation to generation. While her protagonist is a master of the sad song, Reed achieves a symphonic effect—rich, intense, and surprisingly joyful." --Dawn Raffel, author of Carrying the Body and Further Adventures in the Restless Universe
"Deborah Reed takes a long look at love in this graceful novel. The kind of love that ravages and lays waste to her characters, and the kind of love that might finally save us all." -Bonnie Jo Campbell author of Once Upon a River and National Book award finalist for American Salvage
As the circumstances converge to challenge lifetime ties and forge unexpected new bonds, this soulful, stirring novel shifts its narrative from an imperiled and ever-changing present, where each hour brings an unforeseen and unwelcome piece of news, to the poignant childhood days of first allegiances and life-altering loss. Like a fine and forlorn love ballad, the gifted, conflicted Annie lulls the reader into a journey through love and loss that mines the mysterious, and, at times, paradoxical rhythms of the human heart. As vibrant as Annie's treasured tangelo grove, Carry Yourself Back to Me cultivates an always tender, sometimes tart, portrait of one family’s regret and redemption. Inflected with melancholy and redeemed by melody, this deeply affecting novel is certain to strike a resonant chord with music fans and lovers of fine fiction everywhere.