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The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs

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The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs

On a summer evening in the blue-collar town of Amicus, Kansas, the Campbell family gathers for a birthday dinner for their ailing patriarch, retired judge Abel Campbell, prepared and hosted by their still-hale mother Hattie. But when Billy, the youngest sibling --- with a history of addiction, grand ideas, and misdemeanors --- passes out in his devil’s food cake, the family takes up the unfinished business of Billy’s sobriety.

Billy’s wayward adventures have too long consumed their lives, in particular Hattie’s, who has enabled his transgressions while trying to save him from Abel’s disappointment. As the older children --- Doro, Jesse, ClairBell and Gideon --- contend with their own troubles, they compete for the approval of the elderly parents they adore, but can’t quite forgive.

With knowing humor and sure-handed storytelling, Janet Peery reveals a family at its best and worst, with old wounds and new, its fractures and feuds, and yet its unbreakable bonds.

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs
by Janet Peery

  • Publication Date: September 19, 2017
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN-10: 1250125081
  • ISBN-13: 9781250125088