In Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star, we are taken into the lives of the Tangle family. An accident during a visit at Martha’s Vineyard creates a secrecy the family is unable to escape. As youngsters the children were very close. Mimi, Ginger, and Callie’s lives changes dramatically that day on the coast when their younger brother dies in a sand tunnel.
Glory their mother begins the secrecy, separating the girls off and on, never really giving any reasons or excuses. Glory lives a life of fantasy herself; drama and acting are the things she loves and often it overshadows her family. Not long after the trauma of their brother’s death, Callie too disappears from their life. With no explanation or understanding, they move on only to soon release the thought of even having another sister.
Mimi is struggling in her own life now as an adult and has become more of a caregiver to Glory. Her own family is unaware of the lies that remain below the surface, and her daughter is acting out her own aggression.
Life is difficult and when Glory passes away, the lies and secrets come undone with the return of Callie. After all the distances and hurt can they become a family again? The only thing holding them back is understanding the truth of what really happened that day at Martha’s Vineyard.
Star has given us a story of tragedy, sadness, confusion, and redemption. The characters are a wonderful mix of people, each with differing characteristics you can find among your own friends. Glory is delightful to those around her, except her children who feel the neglect and confusion of her stories.
Mimi seems to be the most damaged from the past, and her instincts are to maintain control at all costs. This has driven a wedge in her family, but only because she has no idea of who she really is. The advent of Callie helps to solidify her life, and you are then taken back to a day that changed the lives of all the characters and why.
If you enjoy human interest, secrets, family, and endearing stories, you will find this one you need for your library. The story unfolds involving you in each step, making it difficult to put down. Star has given us an exceptional work of fiction.
This would be a great work for a reading or book group, with discussion and debate to ponder for hours.