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This is How It Always Is
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This is How It Always Is


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.

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.

Title:This is How It Always Is
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages
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    This is How It Always Is Reviews

  • Larry H
    Feb 04, 2017

    I'm about 4.5, maybe 4.75 stars.Penn and Rosie fell in love almost instantaneously. Penn was a writer forever working on his "damned novel," while Rosie worked as an emergency room doctor forever on t...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Mar 10, 2017

    Find all of my reviews at: Book: Also, be forewarned I highlighted pretty much the entire thing.I usually am a person who opts not to read a synopsis before star...

  • Brooke
    Mar 30, 2017

    I'm really conflicted on the rating for THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS because on the one hand it's great that this book has so many positives & doesn't end on a pessimistic tone; we need LGBTQIAP+ stories ...

  • Suzanne Leopold
    Mar 13, 2017

    Rosie and Penn are parents of five boys in Madison, Wisconsin. From a young age it was clear that their youngest son Claude was different from the other boys in the family. At three years old, when as...

  • Dan Radovich
    Oct 21, 2016

    Did this novel change my mind? No. Did it sway me at all to consider changing my mind? No. That being said, Frankel has written a helluva good book. The Walsh-Adams family is filled with males; Father...

  • Sue Dix
    Feb 06, 2017

    I don't want to give any hints as to what this book is about. Don't read about it first, don't read the blurb on the dust jacket. Don't read a recap. Just read it, as I was told to do. You won't regre...

  • Sandra
    Feb 21, 2017

    When I started this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I thought it was going to be preachy and would try too hard to sway the reader to form an opinion. It didn't. Frankel simply told a beaut...

  • Louise Wilson
    Feb 07, 2017

    Rosie & Penn have 5 sons. Then one day, the youngest son, Claude, announces he should have been born a girl, and wants to be known as Poppy.The story is so current just now. We are hearing more and mo...

  • Eilonwy
    Mar 20, 2017

    Rosie and Penn Walsh-Adams are living a fairy tale, raising four boys in a farmhouse just outside Madison, Wisconsin. Rosie makes a good living as an ER doctor, and Penn is a house-parent while he wor...

  • Elaine
    Jan 09, 2017

    I won a copy of This Is How It Always Is from a Goodreads Giveaway.One of my goals for 2017 is to write a review for every book I read on Goodreads so I can keep track of all the good books (always fa...