Thorndike Press

This Is How It Always Is

  • Laurie Frankel
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  • ISBN-10: 1410499049
  • ISBN-13: 9781410499042
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.55 lbs ( .70 kgs)
  • 610 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released April 2017



Claude is five years old, the youngest of five brothers. He loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever he wants to be, but aren’t sure they’re ready to share that with the world. The entire family keeps Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

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Customer Reviews

“Sharp and surprising. This is a wonderfully contradictory story heartwarming and generous, yet written with a wry sensibility.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred), Pick of the Week

“Inspired by her daughter’s own transition, Frankel tells Poppy’s story with compassion and humor.”

— Booklist