LAURIE FRANKEL with NANCY PEARL
Co-presented with SEATTLE7WRITERS and HEDGEBROOK. Seattle writer Laurie Frankel celebrates the publication of her much-anticipated new novel, This Is How It Always Is (Amy Einhorn/Flatiron), on its very publication day here this evening. Her third novel, following Goodbye for Now and The Atlas of Love, is her most ambitious and realized yet. “In This is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel spins a beguiling tale of a sprawling, loving, ever-changing, unconventional, and yet completely typical modern family as they make their way though a world with no easy answers and no magic solutions. How does Frankel pull off such a story? With great humor and candor. With a powerful narrative voice, and a forthrightness so compelling, we are drawn into the family circle to laugh and cry with them, and to ponder issues great and small. An intimate, wonderfully moving novel that is especially relevant in today’s world.” -Garth Stein. “Laurie Frankel has written one of those very rare, special novels that examines the way we live—in our homes, in our families, in our bodies—with an astonishing balance of humor, complexity, and above all, kindness. This Is How It Always Is teaches us to look beyond the traditional binary oppositions of boy vs. girl, right vs. wrong, real vs. make-believe, and to find courage and beauty in the in-between.” -Ruth Ozeki. Also part of this lively evening will be a performance by The Rejections, the Seattle7Writers’ ‘house’ band, which includes trailing spouses. Refreshments, too! This should be fun.