Everything about this book! LOVED!
Reviewed in the United States on 16 June 2021
The characters, so endearing, captured my heart and my admiration, and only grew deeper through their expansive narrative, that just thinking about them as I write this, I know I can never let them go. The writing is exceptionally clever and funny – I went from a sobbing mess to laughing so hard, proof right there that I’ve fallen for a book. This was a beautiful reading experience.
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.
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