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'
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.
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. — Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of THE HUSBAND'S SECRET and TRUE LITTLE LIES
An astonishing balance of humour, complexity, and above all, kindness — Ruth Ozeki, bestselling author of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING
Huge heart, humour and compassion. A sparkling tale about the power of secrets, loyalty and love, this novel is wonderfully engaging, gorgeously written and has characters that will captivate you — Sunday Mirror
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 intelligent, life-affirming, emotionally charged story. This is a very relevant read for today's world - it'll make you laugh and cry — Prima
Wonderful, magical — Red
Thought-provoking and topical — Woman & Home
Written with wry humour and compassion, this is a personal story of parenting, love and understanding — Sunday Express
A touching novel — Good Housekeeping
This wise and often funny novel is a compassionate lesson in discovering and welcoming what makes each of us unique — Redbook
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
A beautiful, thought-provoking novel that will make you think differently about the world — Adele Parks
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 fresh new voice — Glamour
Deeply satisfying...An intimate family story...Day-to-day parenting dilemmas are where Frankel shines — New York Times Book Review
Sharp and surprising. This is a wonderfully contradictory story - heartwarming and generous, yet written with a wry sensibility — Publishers Weekly
This big-hearted novel about a family with a transgender child is in the lead for the most sensitively and sincerely told story of 2017... Frankel's portrayal of even the most open-hearted parents' doubts and fears around a child's gender identity elevates this novel — People, 'Book of the Week'
A tender, endearingly human piece of work — Straits Times
A heart-warming and bittersweet story of identity and family — Irish Country Magazine
Brave, complicated, occasionally horrifying and frequently very funny...Frankel is a first-rate storyteller — Seattle Times