This Is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel
Imagine putting all the things in your life that “you know to be true” in a bag. Toss that bag around until you hear those things inside break into small pieces. Then, empty the bag onto a table. And, start to put the pieces back together in whatever way the pieces can now fit together. This could be true for this story. Or each of the characters. Or even the writing style of this beautiful book. When I am reading a book, I always place tags on each page I want to go back to later. However, after I finished this book, I had tagged almost every page! Just when you think your heart could not stretch any further, your heart will break into small pieces and fit back together in a new way. . . When it comes to family, isn’t that the way it always is?
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick
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Pacific Northwest Book Awards Finalist
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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.