A powerful and provocative debut novel, GETTING THE IMPORTANT THINGS RIGHT is the family saga of Colonel Thomas McChesney Albemarle, his southern debutante wife, Ma'am, and their three children, Percy, Sis, and Oops. While Ma'am turns to alcohol to escape The Colonel's abuse, the children side-step the family mine fields alone and forge a loving bond that will sustain them through the chaos. Percy dreams of a loving relationship with his father, while Sis longs for a strong mother who will stand up to her abusive husband. Baby Oops retreats to a world of books where family conflict and parental neglect can't reach her. Told with captivating grit, humor, and insight, this tale of family discord carries the Albemarles through decades of turbulence until tragedy teaches them to forgive and understand by GETTING THE IMPORTANT THINGS RIGHT.
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By Mack Padgett
Mar 21, 2012
Padgett Gerler’s, Getting the Important Things Right, is an absolutely delightful and engaging book about a young southern woman’s formative years. You will like this book. The writing is beautiful and the story line makes you feel like you are part of the characters’ lives. Don’t start reading this until you have time to finish it; I found myself rearranging my day to have time to read the next chapter. The characters are well developed and you will want to join them for time on the beach and another bag of “bawled” peanuts. I did not want this book to end and I’m looking forward to the sequel. If you have any connections to the South, you will want to go home; if you are one of those unfortunate souls that have never experienced southern living, you will find yourself making plans to visit. Thanks Ms. Gerler.
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