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Please join Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner for her monthly dean’s book review. The book to be reviewed will be, This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel. This book was selected because June is LGBTQ+ Pride Awareness Month.
In recent years we’ve seen an increasing number of memoirs from transgender individuals and from parents forging uncharted waters in order to help their transgender children live happy, healthy lives in a society that still largely defines gender by what sex they were born in to. Frankel’s novel This is How It Always Is, takes those real-life experiences and puts them into a big-hearted story of family and secrets. Penn and Rosie are a close, loving couple, living in Madison, Wisconsin with their five boys. But it becomes evident before long their youngest, Claude, feels like he should have been born a girl. So how do these strong, supportive parents go about helping their son live as the person he wants to be? It’s a fascinating thing to behold. The nuances and unforeseen pitfalls of trying to protect your child from fear and hate while nurturing a sense of acceptance is daunting. What is private and what is a secret, and what is, really, nobody’s business? Sometimes secrets have a way of materializing in the blink of an eye or the span of an innocuous question, this novel is about the lengths a family will go, as parents and siblings, to protect each other. And how they react when their secrets are exposed. This is How It Always Is in an incredible read that speaks to the heart of what it means to love and be loved by a family who is 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, accepted and whole.
The book may be purchased or downloaded to your Kindle or Nook. It is not required that you purchase or read the book to participate in this book review.