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One Two Three

One Two Three

This is my favorite book of the year to date!  I am in awe of Laurie Frankel’s storytelling and I am in love with the characters in the little town Bourne.  16-year-old triplet sisters Mab, Monday, and Mirabel (who refer to each other as One, Two, Three) tell this story. No small feat because Monday is autistic and Mirabel is severely challenged physically, yet the three have their own way of communicating. Their single mother Nora is devoted and feisty and a jack-of-all-trades.  Lots to build a story with already, but wait, there’s more!  Bourne is a depressed town - victims of a family chemical company that promised the moon and poisoned the water (hence the sisters’ challenges) and the townspeople have all suffered as a result.  Now the family/company is back, (lawsuit notwithstanding) ‘better’ than ever, with ‘safe’ chemicals! And their frontman is a handsome, personable 16-year old boy oblivious of his family’s history and happy to make the sisters’ acquaintance. Kaboom! I consider this Realistic Fiction Plus.  You have to suspend a little disbelief to fully appreciate all the quirky, lovable characters and some of the zany action, but you’ll believe in Bourne by the end.  I love that Frankel tackled a tough topic in a palatable package.  Fans of Marisa de los Santos (Love Walked In trilogy) and Fredrik Backman (Beartown, Anxious People), this one is for you! - Carrie

From Laurie Frankel, the New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is, a Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick, comes One Two Three, a timely, topical novel about love and family that will make you laugh and cry...and laugh again.

In a town where nothing ever changes, suddenly everything does...

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 sock 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. 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 taking on a system stacked against them and uncovering mysteries buried longer than they've been alive. Because it's hard to let go of the past when the past won't let go of you.

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.

Publication Date: 
June 8, 2021