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This Is How It Always Is: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Laurie Frankel

Narrated By: Gabra Zackman

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: January 2017

Duration: 11 hours 1 minutes


The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

*Named one of the top 10 books of 2017 by People Magazine*

"It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think." -Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

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.
'The audiobook will undoubtedly steal hearts' - AudioFile


  • Glenda G

    This is a five star story read by a five star narrator.Worth it, on every level.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Sherri P.

    Beautifully touching and heart wrenching story of unconditional love and acceptance. Superb narration!

  • Julia B.

    Enjoyed the book. A beautiful story and excellent narration.

  • Laura H.

    Tough subject tackled with humor and grace. Not blatantly biased or in your face, so brings about great conversation in book clubs.

  • Mladen M

    Beautiful book, so full of thought and emotion. I felt the same as one of the other people reviewing the book - one of the most amazing the narrators I've ever heard, it feels like she speaks straight to your soul, rather than read out words.

  • Rosanna M

    Witty and moving. Such a great read, well, listen! The narrator has the most beautiful voice. She speaks straight to your heart.

  • Evelyn Pickard

    This was gut wrenching to read as a mother. Beautifully written, I listen in the car and was always disappointed to arrive at my destination!

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