Penn and Rosie are Wisconsin parents of five boys. When the youngest, a preschooler named Claude, begins to gravitate toward dresses as his preferred clothing and expresses a desire to become a girl instead of a boy, his parents are nothing if not supportive. Though Rosie and Penn are progressive thinkers and try to do everything right, their reach can extend only so far outside their home, and it's unclear if the community is ready for Claude's evolution into "Poppy."
I enjoyed this book, and I'm strongly considering it as a senior book club selection. The extent to which the family's lives are upended, both figuratively and physically, around something as ultimately inconsequential as gender is unsettling. Rosie and Penn's marriage and some of the domestic scenes seemed a bit too perfect at times, but it wasn't difficult to look past that. Recommended.