WIGGENS, Miss. - Author Dasie Rose Aster uses a fictional story to show the effects of enabling and favoritism on family dynamics in her new novel, “Three Little Girls: Hope’s Escape” (published by Archway Publishing), the first book in a planned trilogy.
Set in southern Mississippi, “Three Little Girls” centers on the Christmases, a typical middle-class family raising three daughters – Katy, Hope and Babie. Their parents make every effort to give the three girls a normal childhood, but soon Katy, the middle child, begins acting differently than other children her age.
Katy begins to get in trouble at school, and a pattern of misbehavior begins that provokes Hope and Babie to give her the nickname “Crazy.” Things take a turn for the worse in fifth grade when Katy begins using alcohol, which leaves her sisters feeling helpless as they watch Katy blame everyone but herself for her problems.
Mr. and Mrs. Christmas want to believe Katy’s self-proclaimed innocence and turn a blind eye to her bad behavior. Their lack of discipline only fuels Katy’s fire, as she continues to break rules and push boundaries at every opportunity.
Meanwhile, Hope and Babie are left feeling bitter and resentful toward Katy and their parents’ enabling behavior. Hope becomes consumed with revenge, while Babie struggles with fitting in. Torn apart by Katy’s actions, the family’s story reveals what can happen when parents enable and excuse destructive, manipulative behavior.