This big-hearted novel of family is full of lovable characters that feel like friends. Frankel deals with serious social issues and conflicts while keeping the tone light, striking an excellent balance between humor and empathy. I loved every page! Highly recommended for book groups.
— Emily Adams, Third Place Books, Seattle WA
Sweet and unassuming, This Is How It Always Is explores the strength of familial bonds with tender love and sharp wit. I fell in love with the eccentric Walsh-Adams clan (particularly Poppy) and felt my heart break over the hardships that plagued them as the result of having a “non-traditional” family. A heartwarmingly empathetic debut.
— Avery Yuan, also with Third Place Books, Seattle, WA