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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

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  • 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.

Laurie's novels are ONE TWO THREE, THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS, GOODBYE FOR NOW, and THE ATLAS OF LOVE.

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