• This Is How It Always Is

  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-26-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Headline Review
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Perfect for fans of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
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.
©2017 Laurie Frankel (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A lively and fascinating story of a thoroughly modern family and the giant, multifaceted love that binds them... Sparkles with wit and wisdom." (Maria Semple, best-selling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette)
"An intelligent, life-affirming, emotionally charged story." ( Prima)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-20-18

Thought provoking

This book challenged my thinking about a number of things. Some things in life are not straight forward. Very well presented.

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5 out of 5 stars
By alexandra on 03-16-17

A completely genius debut

Transgender issues have been talked about from many different perspectives but through the eyes of five-year-old Claude, Laurie Frankel manages to present us with something entirely new. And in the process, she's managed to make me think about gender and identity in a completely different way. As young Poppy gradually emerges, the listener is encouraged to confront the complexities of the situation as well as realising that they by no means define a person or their potential.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ms. Laura Mercier on 06-17-17

Perfect

One of those stories you don't want to end. Heartbreaking, beautiful and absolutely gorgeous- a must read!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ebony on 06-12-18

Excellent read and insight into gender identity

Really enjoyed this novel -- captivating from the get go. All the characters were very believable, and your heart just bleeds for the child at the centre of the story. My only criticism is that the ending felt a bit rushed and tied up too neatly with a bow, and I felt the fairy tale that ran alongside the main story was a bit unnecessary at times and made the message a little too *obvious*. But overall, an elegant and excellent read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Georgia on 05-09-18

I think I’ve played this 25 times

This is a beautiful book, perfectly read. It’s tender and raw and I’m not yet tired of listening to it even though I’ve listened to it every night for over a year. Highly recommend!

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