This Is How It Always Is

Author(s): Laurie Frankel

Modern & Contemporary Literature

The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick


'Every once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected' Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)


'It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think' Liane Moriarty, No. 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.

What readers are saying about This Is How It Always Is:


'This writing is glorious. A fabulous book. Topical, moving, full of magic'

'One of the most amazing and thought-provoking books I have ever read. It's warm, well observed and funny'

'A beautiful love story of two people who meet, fall hopelessly in love and then create a wonderful unique family of five'


Product Information

Laurie Frankel writes novels (reads novels, teaches other people to write novels, raises a small person who reads and might someday write novels) in Seattle, Washington. She and her husband and daughter live on a nearly vertical hill from which Laurie can watch three different bridges when she's staring out her windows between words. Laurie's earlier novels are The Atlas of Love and Goodbye For Now. This Is How It Always Is is her third novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781472241610
  • : Headline Publishing Group
  • : Headline Review
  • : January 2018
  • : 19.80 cmmm X 12.90 cmmm X 3.80 cmmm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

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  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 480
  • : 480
  • : 813.6
  • : 813.6
  • : en
  • : en
  • : Laurie Frankel
  • : Laurie Frankel