Publisher presentation: this is how a family keeps a secretâ€¦and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever afterâ€¦until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children changeâ€¦and then change the world. This is Claude. Heâ€™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. Theyâ€™re just not sure theyâ€™re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claudeâ€™s secret. Until one day it explodes. This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And itâ€™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 donâ€™t get to keep them forever.