Set during the decades between the First and Second World Wars, Carry Me is a devastating historical saga about war, love, and escape, from the Governor General’s Literary Award–winning author of The Law of Dreams and The O’Briens.
Carry Me begins in 1909 on the Isle of Wight, England, and follows Billy Lange, the son of the skipper of a racing yacht belonging to a wealthy German-Jewish baron. Over the course of his childhood, Billy becomes entranced by the baron’s daughter, the elusive and willful Karin von Weinbrenner.
Golden Edwardian summers are soon shattered by the First World War, and when Billy and Karin are reunited on the baron’s Frankfurt estate in the aftermath the two bond over their fascination with the Wild West novels of Karl May and shared passion for speed, jazz, and the nightclubs of Frankfurt and Berlin. A childhood friendship deepens into a complex love affair while society loses its moral bearings and Germany marches toward the Second World War. This time, Billy and Karin dream of escape — from Germany and from history.
A vivid and powerfully rendered epic encompassing the two great wars of the twentieth century, Carry Me is both a sweeping historical novel and a love story for the ages.