Saturday, June 12, 2021

"One Two Three"

Laurie Frankel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of four novels. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, People Magazine, Lit Hub, The Sydney Morning Herald, and other publications. She is the recipient of the Washington State Book Award and the Endeavor Award. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and been optioned for film and TV. A former college professor, she now writes full-time in Seattle, Washington where she lives with her family and makes good soup.

Frankel applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, One Two Three, and reported the following:
Marshall McLuhan is obviously a genius. It never ceases to amaze me how uncannily good this test is, how well it works. One Two Three is a book with three different narrators, lots of complicated plot threads, and a lot going on, but you could argue, for sure, that they’re all pretty well encapsulated — at least previewed — by the conversation between the three sisters on page 69 about who’s moving into the empty town library and why it’s so important but also so impossible to tell their mother about it. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that what they’re talking about on page 69 is indeed the kickoff of the rest of the book’s plot and the catalyst which changes all of these characters’ lives forever. When Macmillan Audio auditioned narrators for the audiobook, page 69 was smack in the middle of the passage the actors had to read because it’s so pivotal. Something’s happened at school which the sisters don’t understand yet. All they can tell their mother is that tutoring has been canceled. Their mother’s response? “Like when someone dies.”
Learn more about the book and author at Laurie Frankel's website.

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--Marshal Zeringue