This Is How It Always Is: A Novel (Paperback)

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It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

This is how
a family keeps a secretand how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever afteruntil happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children changeand then change the world.

This is Claude. Hes five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. Theyre just not sure theyre ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claudes secret. Until one day it explodes.

Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And its about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets dont get to keep them forever.

About the Author

Laurie Frankel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of novels such as The Atlas of Love, Goodbye for Now, and the Reeses Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick This Is How It Always Is. Frankel lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter, and border collie. She makes good soup.

Praise For…

Its early days, but this big-hearted novel about a family with a transgender child is in the lead for the most sensitively and sincerely told story of 2017Frankels portrayal of even the most openhearted parents doubts and fears around a childs gender identity elevates this novel.
People, Book of the Week

Deeply satisfyingAn intimate family storyDay-to-day parenting dilemmas are where Frankel shines.
The New York Times Book Review

Brave, complicated, occasionally horrifying and frequently very funnyFrankel is a first-rate storyteller."
Seattle Times

Frankel has tackled this controversial topic in a warm, funny and honest way and one that will undoubtedly spark thought and conversation.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Frankels writing is witty and wise, and her characters are reminiscent of those in family capers such as the film The Royal Tenenbaums or Commonwealth, Ann Patchetts recent novel about an eclectic broodThis is a fascinating, gut-wrenching, timely and enjoyable readand a must for your next book-club discussion.

This Is How It Always Is isnt only a novel about the challenges of life with an atypical child. Its a story about the challenges of parenting and love, period...This beautiful story is deeply personal, a heart-rending glimpse of an author writing her way to understanding.

A novel of great empathy and compassion that transcends politicsThis is a family that you will take into your heart andlike all friendsyou will welcome the changes that they bring to your life.
The Seattle Review of Books

Sly and charmingComes at the perfect timeThis Is How It Always Is explores the travails of a modern family, where challenges about a childs gender are the same as any other struggles of growing up.
Shelf Awareness

A bold, honest, heartbreaking story about the choices parents make, and how life goes on, but not always according to plan. This must-read novel is the perfect pick for book clubs.

One of the most timely and big-hearted family stories I have read in a long timeThis is a beautiful novel about the unexpected curve balls of parent and sibling relationships, and the limitless boundaries of family love.

This wise and often funny novel is a compassionate lesson in discovering and welcoming what makes each of us unique.

Illuminatingly nuanced and heartfelt, This Is How It Always Is is the story of how a family evolvesand growstogether."

Sharp and surprising. This is a wonderfully contradictory storyheartwarming and generous, yet written with a wry sensibility.
Publishers Weekly ("Pick of the Week," starred review)

"Well-plotted, well-researched, and unflaggingly interesting...As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year."
Kirkus (starred review)

I was lucky enough to receive an advance reading copy of this very special book about a family with a secret. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. Preorder your copy now.
Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Truly Madly Guilty

Laurie Frankel writes with more heart than anyone I can think of...With emotional acuity, admirable bravery, utter compassion, and complete understanding, shes created a family attempting to forge a path through one of lifes most mystifying challenges: how to define what it is that makes your child who he or she is: unique, beloved, and whole. This is a novel everyone should read. Its brilliant. Its bold. And its time.
Elizabeth George, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Banquet of Consequences

In This is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel spins a beguiling tale of a sprawling, loving, ever-changing, unconventional, and yet completely typical modern family as they make their way though a world with no easy answers and no magic solutions. How does Frankel pull off such a story? With great humor and candor. With a powerful narrative voice, and a forthrightness so compelling, we are drawn into the family circle to laugh and cry with them, and to ponder issues great and small. An intimate, wonderfully moving novel that is especially relevant in todays world.
Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of A Sudden Light and The Art of Racing in the Rain

This is a perfect book club book, a book that should be read in schools, and one of my favorite reads of the year. A challenging subject handled with honesty, grace, humor, dignity, and most of all, love.
Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A lively and fascinating story of a thoroughly modern family and the giant, multifaceted love that binds them. This Is How It Always Is sparkles with wit and wisdom.
Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Whered You Go, Bernadette

Laurie Frankel has written one of those very rare, special novels that examines the way we livein our homes, in our families, in our bodieswith an astonishing balance of humor, complexity, and above all, kindness. This Is How It Always Is teaches us to look beyond the traditional binary oppositions of boy vs. girl, right vs. wrong, real vs. make-believe, and to find courage and beauty in the in-between.
Ruth Ozeki, New York Times bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250088567
ISBN-10: 1250088569
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English