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A Good Girl

A Good Girl 1

by Johnnie Bernhard

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 07/03/2017

5/5 Rating 1 Reviews

Gracey Reiter confronts a painful past and an intimidating future with the approaching death of her father, Henry Mueller, the self-described "last Mohican" from the chaotic gene pool known as the Walsh-Mueller family. The present holds the answer, and the last opportunity for Gracey to understand her father's alcoholism, her mother's infidelity, and her siblings' version of the truth.

The voices of the past give Gracey the courage to find her voice. Using biting humor and gut-level truths for the first time in her life, Gracey walks across the land mines created by a crippling family legacy.

Henry's funeral and the Irish wedding of Therese Mueller, Gracey's and her husband Mark Mueller's daughter, coincide by a few weeks and serve as a completion of the family circle. With the closing of one door, and the opening of the future, Gracey finds forgiveness by realizing six generations of the Walsh-Mueller family, saints and sinners, criminals and heroes, the abandoned and the celebrated, are forever family, forever bound by blood and the dreams of an Irish girl, Patricia Walsh Mueller.

A Good Girl examines the numbing work of raising children and burying parents through six generations.

Historical Fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Texas Review Press
Country of origin:
United States
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    Upon my first reading, I connected spiritually with Gracey. What she went through, I’ve been through four times. It does not get easier. It is not until someone dies do you see the depth of their being. Reading my father’s journal, going through his papers, allowed me to see him for someone other than just my daddy. Gracey goes through this while reading her family history in her great-great-grandmother’s Bible. The past and the present collide inside and all around Gracey, exposing long-hidden secrets, reasons for things she never understood, and most importantly, why the madness must stop here. Forgiveness and redemption only come with a change of heart. This is a book everyone, men and women, should read. If your parents are still with you, open a dialogue and then LISTEN. If they are not, know they did their best. Love them for who they were and forgive everything. A Good Girl will help with all that and more.
    — CJ Loiacono