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When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it’s another baby boy – the fifth of five.
But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.
Rosie and Penn aren’t panicked at first. Kids go through phases, after all, and make-believe is fun. But 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. Stories are the key to opening minds and winning hearts, and Laurie Frankel’s novel This Is How Is Always Is does just that. Laurie has drawn on her own experiences as a parent of a transgender daughter to write a novel for anyone who has had to toss out the best laid plans in the face of the unexpected, for anyone who finds change both terrifying and miraculous, and for anyone who delights in watching their loved ones grow and change. And everyone from bestselling writer Maria Semple to Man Booker Prize finalist Ruth Ozeki to Publishers Weekly have fallen for the little girl at the center of the story: Poppy.
Laurie Frankel is the author of two previous novels, The Atlas of Love and Goodbye for Now. She lives in Seattle with her daughter and husband.
This event will be introduced by Marion Wink. Longtime All Things Considered commentator (1991-2006), Marion Winik is the host of The Weekly Reader radio show and podcast on WYPR. She teaches writing in the MFA program in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore, writes a column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com and reviews books for Newsday and Kirkus Review.
TIME & DATE
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 7:00pm