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One yellow April morning, a seventeen year old girl makes a trivial decision. But is it trivial? What she decides will set her life on one of three radically different paths.

That morning is long past. Now she is forty-one.

On one life path, she calls herself Ántonia. She’s barely survived the implosion of a lesbian Utopian commune, one built on an abandoned oil rig.

On another path, she is Katherine, a physician. After the death of an old lover, she contacts the only woman who still haunts her: the deeply religious Amanda.

On a third, she is Kitty. She’s been happily married for twenty-three years. Happily enough. Until she meets Faye.

The parallel lines of their lives are about to converge.

“Three is the novel I’ve been waiting for. It’s a story as steady and true as a heartbeat, building slowly to a wild storm where utopias turn dystopian and then back again. It’s both a cautionary tale of courage and cowardice and a battle call where the personal and the political shatter and mend each other. And Three is a book of such beauty that it could change the world.” —Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame

“Three is a novel for the radical heart. It’s a story for both the brave and the weary, lush with our passions, poignant with loss. It’s a map through the territory we must travel to find that shining world of our dreams, a world that a tiny few refuse to abandon despite our endless defeats. If you have longed to hear Eliot’s mermaids singing, ached for the courage to eat that peach, Three will show you how. What Monahan has written is, finally, Woolf’s trip to the lighthouse. It may be an abandoned oil rig at this point in the destruction of the planet, but the unrelenting beauty of Three is enough to make it bloom.” —Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability

Annemarie Monahan has been published in numerous lesbian and feminist journals. Now in her twenty-third year of private practice as a chiropractor, she lives in Western Massachusetts with two rescue parrots and a library gone feral.

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