Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Q&A with Laurie Frankel

From my Q&A with Laurie Frankel, author of One Two Three: A Novel:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

Lots! I can’t take credit for the title One Two Three — my editor came up with it — but it’s doing a lot of heavy lifting here. For one thing, it’s a book about triplets. For another, the title reflects the book’s structure, which is told in turns by three narrators. I think of it like a waltz. And third (I had to have three points, right?), it previews the characters, said aforementioned narrator-triplets, who go by the nicknames One, Two, and Three.

What's in a name?

When the narrators’ mother found out she was having triplets, she gave them all M-names with escalating syllables so she’d be able to keep them straight (or, if you prefer, I did that so you would be able to keep them straight). Mab — named for Shakespeare’s fairy queen from Romeo and Juliet — was born first and is nicknamed One. Monday came second and...[read on]
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