This Is How It Always Is is a beautifully written bold novel about gender dysphoria and the impact his change has on a family and society as a whole. The author weaves fairy tales and humor into a story of the changes a family experiences when their fifth son becomes a daughter. A must read for our time.Kathy Fahey, Library Assistant
“But first, Roo was born.” – first line
A family reshapes their ideas about family, love and loyalty when youngest son Claude reveals increasingly determined preferences for girls’ clothing and accessories and refuses to stay silent.
About the Author
Laurie Frankel is a New York Times best selling author, previous college professor, and mom to a transgender child. Also an essayist, Frankel wrote “From He to She in the First Grade” for The New York Times and “10 Essentail Books for Parents of Transgender Children” for Publishers Weekly. Her next novel, One Two Three, will be published in June 2021.
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Coming of age in a dwindling 1960s farming community in eastern Pennsylvania, Mimi struggles with profound family secrets and the pain of falling in love with the wrong person against a backdrop of dynamic historical periods.
How do you describe the books you love to read? Appeal terms help us describe what it is about a book that would make us recommend it to others. These come from the NoveList database, which librarians love! You, too, can use and explore this database free with your library card.
Adult books for young adults & Domestic fiction
Authentic, Complex, LGBTQIA diverse
Amusing, Moving, Thought-provoking
Awards & More
My Kid Is Gay Interview: Interviewing Laurie Frankel, Author of This Is How It Always Is
People Magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2017
Amazon’s Best Books of 2017: Top 20
Pacific Northwest Book Awards Finalist
Bustle’s 17 Books Every Woman Should Read From 2017
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