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This Is How It Always Is

The Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

Laurie Frankel



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31 January 2017
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Rosie is a doctor, and Penn a would-be writer, although most of his day is taken up with being house-husband and father to their brood of rambunctious, talented, noisy and lovable boys. Well, that describes the first four - the fifth, Claude, is altogether a different being. He knows that when he grows up, he wants to be a girl. And because his loving family accept their gentle, funny, curious son for what he is (and because, deepdown, Rosie has always wanted a daughter) they allow him to choose his own path through gender. When they are forced to move from their mid-western home to Seattle, Claude becomes Poppy, and life goes on. But the effects of this choice ripple out, and what should have been easy becomes impossible... A sort of modern fairy tale in a way, the loving family unit beset by the monsters of conformity. Written with a dash of wry and a lot of liveliness, heartwarming but without being saccharine. Lindy Jones


Rosie and Penn always wanted a daughter. Four sons later, they decide to try one last time - and their beautiful little boy Claude is born. Life continues happily for this big, loving family until the day when Claude says that, when he grows up, he wants to be a girl.

As far as Rosie and Penn are concerned, bright, funny and wonderful Claude can be whoever he or she wants. But as problems begin at school and in the community, the family faces a seemingly impossible dilemma: should Claude change, or should they and Claude try to change the world?
By:   Laurie Frankel
Imprint:   Headline
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   436g
ISBN:   9781472241597
ISBN 10:   1472241592
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   31 January 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for This Is How It Always Is: The Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

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, bestselling author of TRULY MADLY GUILTY and THE HUSBAND'S SECRET Heart-warming and funny... I found this both unputdownable and enlightening. I'm so glad I've read it - I know so much more about life now -- Katie Fforde 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, bestselling author of WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE An astonishing balance of humour, complexity, and above all, kindness -- Ruth Ozeki, bestselling author of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING A beguiling tale of a sprawling, loving, ever-changing, unconventional and yet completely typical modern family... Wonderfully moving -- Garth Stein, author of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN A beautiful, thought-provoking novel that will make you think differently about the world -- Adele Parks With emotional acuity, admirable bravery, utter compassion, and complete understanding, [Frankel has] created a family attempting to forge a path through one of life's 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. It's brilliant. It's bold. And it's time -- Elizabeth George, bestselling author of A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES

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