Mirabel, Monday and Mab are triplets that live in the small town of Bourne. Seventeen years ago, when the triplets were still in utero, the plant in Bourne leaked chemicals into the drinking water. Their father died and Monday and Mirabel were born with some disabilities while Mab, the first to be born, is considered “normal”. The three children (they also call themselves one, two and three) have watched their mother, Nora, fight for justice against the owners of the plant their entire lives. This book is about so many different things – environmentalism, sistership, disabilities, and the politics of big corporations getting away with essentially murder but at the same time it is also about hope, resilience and the love of family.
I’m a fan of Laurie Frankel; I loved “This is How It Always Is” and her newest, “One Two Three”, is another story that tugs on your heart. I developed a deep affection for the three girls and really wanted to see them get justice, and yes, money too as it would give them a good start in their young adult lives. While the subject matter is serious, Frankel balances this at times with a light touch by giving us some wry humor throughout the book which I thoroughly enjoyed. I listened to this on audiobook and the narrators, Emma Galvin, Jesse Villinsky and Rebecca Soler did a marvelous job.
Thank you to Macmillan Audio and to Netgalley for an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.