Wednesday, February 01, 2017

What is Laurie Frankel reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How It Always Is.

Her entry begins:
I read serially. Almost all novels. I finish one and start the next immediately. It is my greatest pleasure and has been since I learned to read in the first place.

Right now I am reading an advanced copy of the almost-out-but-not-yet new one from Lauren Grodstein called Our Short History. It’s heartbreaking and brilliant and hysterical, and I’m only on page 25. Her first novel, Reproduction Is the Flaw of Love, is one of my...[read on]
About This Is How It Always Is, from the publisher:
This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.
Learn more about the book and author at Laurie Frankel's website.

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--Marshal Zeringue