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This Is How It Always Is: A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK Paperback – 11 January 2018

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I was lucky enough to receive an advance reading copy of this very special book about a family with a secret. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. -- Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of THE HUSBAND'S SECRET and TRUE LITTLE LIES

An astonishing balance of humour, complexity, and above all, kindness -- Ruth Ozeki, bestselling author of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING

Huge heart, humour and compassion. A sparkling tale about the power of secrets, loyalty and love, this novel is wonderfully engaging, gorgeously written and has characters that will captivate you ― Sunday Mirror

Heart-warming and funny... I found this both unputdownable and enlightening. I'm so glad I've read it - I know so much more about life now -- Katie Fforde

A lively and fascinating story of a thoroughly modern family and the giant, multifaceted love that binds them. THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS sparkles with wit and wisdom -- Maria Semple, bestselling author of WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

An intelligent, life-affirming, emotionally charged story. This is a very relevant read for today's world - it'll make you laugh and cry ― Prima

Wonderful, magical ― Red

Thought-provoking and topical ― Woman & Home

Written with wry humour and compassion, this is a personal story of parenting, love and understanding ― Sunday Express

A touching novel ― Good Housekeeping

This wise and often funny novel is a compassionate lesson in discovering and welcoming what makes each of us unique ― Redbook

With emotional acuity, admirable bravery, utter compassion, and complete understanding, [Frankel has] created a family attempting to forge a path through one of life's most mystifying challenges: how to define what it is that makes your child who he or she is: unique, beloved, and whole. This is a novel everyone should read. It's brilliant. It's bold. And it's time -- Elizabeth George, bestselling author of A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES

A beautiful, thought-provoking novel that will make you think differently about the world -- Adele Parks

A beguiling tale of a sprawling, loving, ever-changing, unconventional and yet completely typical modern family... Wonderfully moving -- Garth Stein, author of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

A fresh new voice ― Glamour

Deeply satisfying...An intimate family story...Day-to-day parenting dilemmas are where Frankel shines ― New York Times Book Review

Sharp and surprising. This is a wonderfully contradictory story - heartwarming and generous, yet written with a wry sensibility ― Publishers Weekly

This big-hearted novel about a family with a transgender child is in the lead for the most sensitively and sincerely told story of 2017... Frankel's portrayal of even the most open-hearted parents' doubts and fears around a child's gender identity elevates this novel ― People, 'Book of the Week'

A tender, endearingly human piece of work ― Straits Times

A heart-warming and bittersweet story of identity and family ― Irish Country Magazine

Brave, complicated, occasionally horrifying and frequently very funny...Frankel is a first-rate storyteller ― Seattle Times

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The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

'A very special book about a family with a secret. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think' Liane Moriarty, No. 1 bestselling author of Big Little Lies

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Headline Review (11 January 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1472241614
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1472241610
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 280 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ United Kingdom
  • Customer Reviews:
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Laurie Frankel writes, reads, parents, and teaches in Seattle, Washington. She and her husband and daughter live on a nearly vertical hill from which Laurie can watch three different bridges when she's staring out her windows between words.


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