Peter Behrens’ first novel The Law of Dreams won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and has been published in nine languages. His collection of short stories, Travelling Light, was reissued in 2013, and his second novel, The O’Briens, was published in 2011. His stories and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Brick, Best Canadian Stories, Best Canadian Essays and many other anthologies. Behrens is a native of Montreal and was educated at Lower Canada College, Concordia University, and McGill. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University, and was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He lives in Maine and Texas.
Set during the decades between the First and Second World Wars, Carry Me is a devastating historical saga, an unusual love story and a lucid meditation on Europe’s violent twentieth century. Coming of age in Frankfurt and Berlin, Billy and Karin share a passion for speed, jazz, and nightclubs. As society loses its moral bearings and Germany marches toward war, they also share a dream of escape — from Germany, from history — to El Llano Estacado, a richly imagined New Mexico landscape.