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Laurie Frankel

Forfatter af This Is How It Always Is

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Laurie Frankel is the bestselling, award-winning writer of three novels: Goodbye for Now, It's Not me, It's You! and This is How It Always Is. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Publisher¿s Weekly, People Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, and other publications. Her novels vis mere have been translated into more than twenty languages, and all three have been optioned for film or TV. She is a former college professor who now writes full-time. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is (2017) 1,647 eksemplarer
One Two Three (2021) 378 eksemplarer
Goodbye for Now (2012) 272 eksemplarer
The Atlas of Love (2010) 155 eksemplarer
Family Family: A Novel (2024) 68 eksemplarer
Funny Bunnies (2004) 38 eksemplarer
It's Not Me, It's You (2002) 8 eksemplarer
Funny Bunnies Notecards (2004) 1 eksemplar

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India's life choices make for a fascinating story. It was nice to get a different kind of adoption story, too. Great book.
AngelClaw | 4 andre anmeldelser | Feb 28, 2024 |
An amazing book and such a fun read. She writes children so well pretty much all ages. What constitutes a family. Choices such as adoption abortion and single motherhood. Loved the people and happy it did not turn into a sloppy romance.
shazjhb | 4 andre anmeldelser | Feb 22, 2024 |
4.5 stars. I thought this book was excellent as well as enlightening. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was that, for me, the end was lacking in what I enjoyed the most about the book, the total loving weirdness of the entire Walsh-Adams family.

This is the story of Claude, who is the youngest of five sons to Rosie and Penn. Yet at a very early age, he is different from his brothers. Talking earlier, walking earlier, and...wanting to wear a dress. What starts as no big deal, snowballs into decisions that must be made and lines that must be drawn. Or do they?

This book I think speaks to parents everywhere. How do we make the best choices for our children? Penn answers his own question of when do we absolutely know for certain why a child is doing or feeling something. " Never. Not ever. Not once. You never know. You always guess. This is how it always is. You have to make these huge decisions on behalf of your kid, this tiny human whose fate and future is entirely in your hands, who trusts you to know what's good and right and then able to make that happen. You never have enough information. You don't get to see the future. And if you screw up, if with your incomplete,contradictory information you make the wind call,well, nothing less than your child's entire future and happiness is at stake. It's impossible. It's heartbreaking. It's maddening. But there's no alternative.". As a parent of two adult children, I still second guess some of the choices I made.

I've read other reviews that have commented that the novel is sappy, but I did not find that. I enjoyed the teasing and mild sarcasm in the conversations between the family members. I felt that this was a choice that affected everyone in the whole family, which is why I was disappointed when the focus turned to just Rosie and Claude for a bit. This may because the author has some personal experience and she was only able to share this information from a Mother's viewpoint.

I think this topic is very current and relevant. In her closing notes, Laurie Frankel writes, " I know this book will be controversial, but honestly? I keep forgetting why." I think the world could use a little bit more forgetfulness.

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slittleson | 82 andre anmeldelser | Feb 2, 2024 |



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