This Is How It Always Is Setting

Frankel, Laurie
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Madison, Wisconsin

The Walsh-Adams family lives in Madison when Claude is born. The community in Madison looks down on the family due to their number of children and the fact that Penn is not the breadwinner. When Claude begins presenting himself in a feminine manner here, he is met with mixed reactions. The experience of two acts of violence in Madison – Nick Sr.’s lashing out Poppy during her playdate with Nicky Calcutti, and Jane Doe’s death at the hands of a fraternity – leads Rosie to conclude that Madison is not safe enough for the family, so she moves them to Seattle.

Seattle, Washington

In Seattle, Poppy and her family pretend to everyone except the Granderson parents that she has no history as Claude. The family lives in close proximity to their neighbors and appears integrated into the community, but privately know that this is not the case...

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