This Is How It Always Is

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Hardcover, 336 pages

Published: January 24th 2017 by Flatiron Books (first published January 4th 2017)

Original Title: This Is How It Always Is

ISBN:  1250088550 (ISBN13: 9781250088550)

Edition Language: English

Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2017)

 

Summery 

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.

“This is a novel everyone should read. It’s brilliant. It’s bold. And it’s time.”

―Elizabeth George, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Banquet of Consequences

 

Quotes

“You can’t tell people what to be, I’m afraid,” said Rosie. “You can only love and support who they already are.”
“This is how it always is. You have to make these huge decision on behalf of your kid, this tiny human whose fate and future is entirely in your hands. Who trusts you to know what’s good and right and then to be able to make that happen. You never have enough information. You don’t get to see the future. And if you screw up – if with your incomplete contradictory information you make the wrong call – nothing less than your child’s entire future and happiness is at stake. It’s impossible. It’s heartbreaking. It’s maddening. But there’s no alternative.”

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