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One Two Three: A Novel Hardcover – Import, 8 June 2021
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Praise for Laurie Frankel's One Two Three
“Winning and amiable….The full and simple pleasures of Frankel’s luscious prose lull the reader into rooting for the good people of Bourne and these plucky heroines. After all, doesn't rooting for uncomplicated integrity feel good these days?”
―The New York Times
“In Frankel’s tender-hearted latest…sharp plotting―with several surprising reversals―and memorable characters reflect a deep imagination that adds texture and complexity…. Readers will be captivated by this story of adversity and resilience.”
“One Two Three is a coming-of-age story that examines intergenerational trauma, sisterhood, and agency. Frankel (This Is How It Always Is, 2017) creates unique personalities for One, Two, and Three and builds a memorable world in Bourne.”
“Frankel has given us another socially conscious 21st-century fable in a voice that is part pastor, part political speechwriter, and part Fannie Flagg. Clever, charming, and always on message.”
“A heartbreaking yet heartwarming novel of a town destroyed by chemical pollution and its fight for justice, led by an unforgettable family of heroines.”
―Shelf Awareness for Readers
“I loved One Two Three from start to finish. What you always get with a Laurie Frankel novel is an engrossing plot―she’s a terrific storyteller―but for me the best part of any of her novels are the three-dimensional characters she’s created, characters for whom she has empathy and palpable affection, characters who seem to leap off the page and into the heart of the reader. And that’s never been more evident than in One Two Three. I highly recommend it―it’s a book that will immediately draw you in and provide great reading pleasure.”
―Nancy Pearl, author of the Book Lust series and George & Lizzie
“One Two Three is a powerful and nuanced novel about hope, human frailty, and love. Laurie Frankel takes a clear-eyed look at the mess we make of the world when we privilege profits over people and, brilliantly, without flinching from the truth, allows no hint of contempt, disgust, or hatred to enter the conversation. Three sisters, Mab, Monday, and Mirabel, understand that you can’t fight old problems with traditional tools. Their gifts and differences and love for each other help them to understand that their mother―our mothers―can’t make the change the world needs. It’s up to the daughters to act, to move us forward, to tell a different story. It is the daughters who will save us. One Two Three is the blueprint for a true revolution.”
―Nicola Griffith, author of Hild and So Lucky
“In One Two Three, Laurie Frankel’s signature wit, warmth, and fierce compassion shine with the story of three courageous, memorable triplets. I loved this book from the first line to the last.”
―Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness
Praise for Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is
“I was lucky enough to receive an advance reading copy of this very special book about a family with a secret. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. Preorder your copy now.”
―Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Truly Madly Guilty
“A lively and fascinating story of a thoroughly modern family and the giant, multifaceted love that binds them. This Is How It Always Is sparkles with wit and wisdom.”
―Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette
“Laurie Frankel has written one of those very rare, special novels that examines the way we live―in our homes, in our families, in our bodies―with an astonishing balance of humor, complexity, and above all, kindness. This Is How It Always Is teaches us to look beyond the traditional binary oppositions of boy vs. girl, right vs. wrong, real vs. make-believe, and to find courage and beauty in the in-between.”
―Ruth Ozeki, New York Times bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being
“It’s early days, but this big-hearted novel about a family with a transgender child is in the lead for the most sensitively and sincerely told story of 2017…Frankel’s portrayal of even the most openhearted parents’ doubts and fears around a child’s gender identity elevates this novel.”
―People, “Book of the Week”
“Deeply satisfying…An intimate family story…Day-to-day parenting dilemmas are where Frankel shines.”
―The New York Times Book Review
“One of the most timely and big-hearted family stories I have read in a long time…This is a beautiful novel about the unexpected curve balls of parent and sibling relationships, and the limitless boundaries of family love.”
“This wise and often funny novel is a compassionate lesson in discovering and welcoming what makes each of us unique.”
“Illuminatingly nuanced and heartfelt, This Is How It Always Is is the story of how a family evolves―and grows―together."
About the Author
- Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (8 June 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250236770
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250236777
- Item Weight : 300 g
- Dimensions : 16.84 x 3.56 x 24.16 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
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5 stars indeed!
Triplets Mab, Monday, and Mirabel, in that birth order, known to each other as One, Two, Three, are born in the fictional town of Bourne, to Nora, without a father, as he predeceased them. Mab is considered the most conventional, the expectation is that she will escape small town life post-high school. Monday, on the Autism spectrum, takes most things literally, an added gift to her self-appointed job as librarian now that she maintains the town library books in their home. Without the ability to walk or speak, Mirabel does have a voice, and other than being confined to a wheelchair, she is otherwise limit-free. Her emotional intelligence and awareness put her ahead of well, pretty much everyone.
Bourne was irreparably damaged just a year before the girls were born when a river, supplying the town’s water, was contaminated by a chemical plant, which caused fatal and life-altering harm to the town population. From cancer to birth defects, Bourne residents have suffered and adapted in countless ways of living with disabilities, along with financial ruin because of Belsum Chemical’s destruction and denial.
Nora has devoted her life not only to the care of her children but as the crusader to hold Belsum accountable. Now 16 years later, no progress has been made, but still she persists.
While Nora doesn’t live with the same physical disabilities as her daughters do, they admire her strength, the three jobs that she holds, the love she carries as a single parent, to sustain them.
Bourne might be anytown, but Mab, Monday, and Mirabel, are anything but ordinary.
ONE TWO THREE is resilience in the face of tragedy, love for the sake of family and community, and the display of personal strength these young girls demonstrate to stand up for injustice is like fireworks – spectacular.
ONE, TWO, THREE works on so many levels it’s dizzying. The three singular narrators are sisters growing up in--and indelibly affected by--a town decimated by a powerful chemical company that polluted their water. Their once charming, once growing small Everytown is now nearly a ghost town: no jobs and no future, nearly every resident’s health horrifically impacted by the company’s pollutants, and water no one will drink.
But this isn’t a soapboxy “issues” book--it’s a breathtaking character study; a moving portrayal of relationships in a fractured community that could be anyone’s; and a leap-to-your-feet-and-cheer story of “the little guy” standing up to the powers-that-be and refusing to be silenced or bought. Frankel’s prose is crisp and gorgeous, but it’s her characters who draw you in and keep you turning pages late into the night to stay in their world with them just a little bit longer.