“This Is How It Always Is”
by Laurie Frankel
“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.”
Book club meeting for those of us who love reading, discussing books and great conversation in general. We will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at my home in Fishers Landing Vancouver. Book list will be published and listed in each month’s meet up post.
I will provide snacks for a light lunch, please feel free to bring something to share if you’d like (but it’s not necessary)
FYI: Pin on map is NEAR my house, not AT my house :) Further details and directions provided about a week prior to meeting. 🗺 📚 📖
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