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One Book One Community with author Laurie Frankel, This Is How It Always Is
About the program:

At this One Book, One Community finale event, novelist Laurie Frankel shares her inspiration behind this year's selection, "This Is How It Always Is."

Now in its sixth year, One Book, One Community is a partnership among neighboring Cook Memorial, Indian Trails, and Vernon Area public library to bring a community-wide read to residents. For more info and a complete listing of events, visit 1book.org.

About the book:

Taking inspiration from her own life, Laurie Frankel’s third novel, "This Is How It Always Is," tells the story of a child’s personal metamorphosis and the loving family who eventually helps her thrive. Told through a compassionate lens, the novel weaves themes of revelations, fairy tales, and the difficulty and beauty of change while taking on timely and important questions about identity and the unpredictability of childhood and parenting.

Rosie and Penn have a big, happy family of five lively boys. Rosie is an emergency room doctor, and Penn is a novelist and stay-at-home dad who weaves fairytales for the family. Their lives dramatically change when their youngest, Claude, announces he wants to wear dresses, grow his hair long, and be a girl called Poppy. While his parents and brothers accept Claude as Poppy, they worry about how the world will treat him with his new identity. Soon the family is keeping Claude's wishes a secret - but secrets don't get to be kept forever.

This is an intimate family story with dilemmas like many other families. They love one another, they keep secrets from one another, and they protect one another. They struggle with all of these challenges.

Feb 26, 2022 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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