Seventeen years ago, the small town of Bourn welcomed a new chemical factory that promised a better economy for residents and delivered poisoned water, death, and birth defects before closing down.
Norah Mitchell has headed up a class action suit that never goes anywhere, but she continues looking for the smoking gun, undeterred by setbacks.
Her daughters, triplets, are the voices in the story. Mab (One), Monday (Two), and Mirabel (Three) have grown up in the damaged town and provide the narration. Mab is "normal" in appearance and behavior; Monday is on the high end of the spectrum--bright, but obsessive about being touched and extremely literal; and Mirabel is a genius, but wheelchair bound and unable to speak without the aid a vocalizer.
Sounds depressing, doesn't it? And yet as we meet each girl, we are immediately and irrevocably drawn into their relationships with each other and with other members of the town. The writing is neither sentimental nor maudlin, and the girls, each in her own right, are forces to be reckoned with. I was immediately captivated with One, Two, and Three and engaged with each one in their struggles to prevent a repeat of the previous disaster...because the chemical plant wants to re-open--promising that all the problems have been rectified and offering much needed well-paying jobs. Who will trust them this time?
Poignant and funny and suspenseful.
Highly Recommended. Loved it.
Coming of Age/Topical. June 8, 2021. Print length: 416 pages.