|By (author):||Frankel, Laurie|
|Subject:||FICTION / Family Life|
|FICTION / General|
|FICTION / Literary|
|Awards:||Amazon.com Best Books of the Year (2017) Long-listed
|Size:||8.18in x 5.73in x 0.75in|
|From The Publisher*|
People Magazine's Top 10 Books of 2017
This ishow a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.
This ishow 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 Isis 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.
"It's early days, but 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 openhearted parents' doubts and fears around a child's gender identity elevates this novel."
"Deeply satisfying…An intimate family story…Day-to-day parenting dilemmas are where Frankel shines."
"Frankel has tackled this controversial topic in a warm, funny and honest way and one that will undoubtedly spark thought and conversation."
"This Is How It Always Is isn't only a novel about the challenges of life with an atypical child. It's a story about the challenges of parenting and love, period...This beautiful story is deeply personal, a heart-rending glimpse of an author writing her way to understanding."
"A novel of great empathy and compassion that transcends politics…This is a family that you will take into your heart and-like all friends-you will welcome the changes that they bring to your life."
"A bold, honest, heartbreaking story about the choices parents make, and how life goes on, but not always according to plan. This must-read novel… is the perfect pick for book clubs."
"One of the most timely and big-hearted family stories I have read in a long time…This is a beautiful novel about the unexpected curve balls of parent and sibling relationships, and the limitless boundaries of family love."
"This wise and often funny novel is a compassionate lesson in discovering and welcoming what makes each of us unique."
"Illuminatingly nuanced and heartfelt,This Is How It Always Isis the story of how a family evolves-and grows-together."
"Sharp and surprising. This is a wonderfully contradictory story-heartwarming and generous, yet written with a wry sensibility."
"Well-plotted, well-researched, and unflaggingly interesting...As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year."
"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."
"Laurie Frankel writes with more heart than anyone I can think of...With emotional acuity, admirable bravery, utter compassion, and complete understanding, she's 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."
"This is a perfect book club book, a book that should be read in schools, and one of my favorite reads of the year. A challenging subject handled with honesty, grace, humor, dignity, and most of all, love."
"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."
|Biographical Note||Laurie Frankelis the author of the novelsThis Is How It Always Is, The Atlas of Love,andGoodbye for Now. She lives in Seattle with her family.|