This Is How It Always Is (Hardcover)

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This big-hearted novel of family is full of lovable characters that feel like friends. Frankel deals with serious social issues and conflicts while keeping the tone light, striking an excellent balance between humor and empathy. I loved every page!

Highly recommended for book groups!

— From Emily A.

Sweet and unassuming, This Is How It Always Is explores the strength of familial bonds with tender love and sharp wit. I fell in love with the eccentric Walsh-Adams clan (particularly Poppy) and felt my heart break over the hardships that plagued them as the result of having a "non-traditional" family. A heartwarmingly empathetic debut.

— From Avery


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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 secret...and how that secret ends up keeping them.

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

This is how children change...and then change the world.

This is Claude. He's 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. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's 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 it's 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 don't get to keep them forever.

About the Author

Laurie Frankel is the author of the novels This Is How It Always Is, The Atlas of Love, and Goodbye for Now. She lives in Seattle with her family.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250088550
ISBN-10: 1250088550
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 24th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English