A Novel Idea Book Group

Share your love of books and lively conversation on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:00 noon in the Community Room of the Santa Fe Springs City Library.

A Novel Idea Book Group

March 13 - This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

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.

Upcoming Books:  

April 10 - Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

May 8 - Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

June 12 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng