The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery

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Read The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs Online Free - By a National Book Award finalist for fiction: A warm, dramatic, intimate new novel of a family divided and united by its most vulnerable member.

Janet Peery’s first novel, The River Beyond the World, was a National Book Award finalist in 1996. Acclaimed for her gorgeous writing and clear-eyed gaze into the hearts of people, Peery now returns with her second novel, 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, town 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 misadventures 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 failures, 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.

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ISBN : 1250125081
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Sue rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2017

This is the first book that I've read by Janet Peery and I want to thank goodreads for a copy to read and review. This is a wonderful family drama that looks into the dynamics of a family and tries to help us understand why the family members act like they do. It's a family made up of parents Hatt...

Michelle rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

With American opioid drug use reaching astounding levels by 2016, government officials have vowed to provide funding to meet the challenges to fight this epidemic that has claimed so many lives. “The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs” (2017) is a dramatic and provocative portrayal of family life and add...

Donna rated it ★★★★★

December 02, 2017

The place is Amicus, Kansas; the Campbell family has come together to celebrate the birthday of their frail, ancient patriarch, Abel. Ultimately, though, their attention is drawn, unavoidably, to the youngest among them. Billy is a walking pharmacy, but he won’t be walking anywhere for much longe...

Martie rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

Genre: Adult Fiction Pub. Date: September 19, 2017 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press. Tolstoy's begins “Anna Karenina” with his now famous first line of "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." That opening is a fitting way to begin this review. The author, Janet P...

Dana rated it ★★★★★

June 14, 2017

"Even a hundred years past the town's founding a visitor to Amicus might guess it had been laid out by rival drunks." When the first line of a novel makes you chuckle aloud, chances are you aren't going to walk away unhappy. This book is a beautifully written, but not always easy to read. The Cam...

Andrea rated it ★★★★★

October 05, 2017

Gorgeous book! I've read all of Janet Peery's books, and I've loved them all, but I think this might be her finest. Or maybe I was just so thirsty for her sentences, with syntax so taut that they sing. It is a beautiful portrait of an adult family doing the dysfunctional dance, but it isn't just...

Laura (Book Scrounger) rated it ★★★☆☆

May 28, 2017

This story is a character study about a family--elderly parents and middle-aged children--and the changes and trials they go through over the course of a couple years. The father is a type-A, "Greatest Generation" patriarch, and the mother tries to do the difficult job of keeping the oft-dysfunct...

Virginia rated it ★★★☆☆

May 23, 2017

Hattie Campbell, the matriarch of an extremely dysfunctional family, won't stop enabling her beloved youngest son's drug problem. The rest of the family resents her for it, even though most of them have substance abuse issues of their own. Abel, her husband, is in poor health, and the rest of the...

Kelley rated it ★★★★★

May 17, 2017

ARC Received courtesy of First Reads Giveaway As member of a family, it's what we do; we keep track of the exact nature of the wrongs we feel are done to us by parents and siblings. This is the story of the Campbell family. As Able and Hattie grow old, their children try to come to t...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★☆

June 07, 2017

Tolstoy's famous beginning to ANNA KARENINA ---"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"--may not be accurate, but it is true that unhappy families provide endless fodder for literary fiction. From WE WERE THE MULVANEYS to OLIVE KITTERAGE the reader becomes mi...

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