One Two Three
One Two Three
by Laurie Frankel
Published June 8, 2021
by Macmillan Audio/Henry Holt & Co.
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Women’s Fiction
From the Publisher:
Everyone knows everyone in the tiny town of Bourne, but the Mitchell triplets are especially beloved. Mirabel is the smartest person anyone knows, and no one doubts it just because she can’t speak. Monday is the town’s purveyor of books now that the library’s closed—tell her the book you think you want, and she’ll pull the one you actually do from the microwave or her underwear drawer. Mab’s job is hardest of all: get good grades, get into college, get out of Bourne.
For a few weeks seventeen years ago, Bourne was national news when its water turned green and was declared unfit for use, but it was too late for its residents, and the girls have come of age watching their mother’s endless fight for justice. But just when it seems life might go on the same forever, the first moving truck anyone’s seen in years pulls up and unloads new residents and old secrets. Soon, the Mitchell sisters are uncovering mysteries buried longer than they’ve been alive and taking on a system stacked against them. And in a town where nothing ever changes, suddenly everything does.
Three unforgettable narrators join together here to tell a spellbinding story with wit, wonder, and deep affection. As she did in This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel has written a laugh-out-loud-on-one-page-grab-a-tissue-the-next novel, as only she can, about how expanding our notions of normal makes the world a better place for everyone and how when days are darkest, it’s our daughters who will save us all.
Having read and loved Laurie Frankel’s earlier book, This Is How It Always Is, I was thrilled to get access to a pre-release copy of the audiobook for One Two Three. While the story is completely different, One Two Three is equally fascinating and, for me, was a real page-turner (if you can say that about an audiobook!). I’m not sure how she did it, but she made a story about the long-term effects of an environmental disaster very appealing!
The story takes place in a small town which is still reeling from the awful effects of an environmental disaster years before. I was completely taken with the triplets: Mab (“One”), Monday (“Two”), and Mirabel (“Three”), who were all seriously affected by this disaster before they were born, in very different ways. We meet them at age 16. Their mom is still trying to pursue some sort of justice for the town, but it’s a lonely effort. When a family connected to the factory moves back to the town, it sets off a sequence of events. It was a brilliant stroke to have three different narrators do each of the sisters. Emma Galvin, Jesse Vilinsky, and Rebecca Soler were fabulous.
The audiobook also included a very interesting interview with the author and the audio producer. Their conversation about how Frankel came up with the story and how the producer decided to use three separate narrators was fascinating on its own terms.