Good to a Fault Paperback – Sep 1 2008
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"Marina Endicott is really funny, a sweet-natured but sharp-eyed and quick-tongued social observer in the Jane Austen-Barbara Pym-Anne Tyler tradition, who can wring love, revulsion and hilarity from readers in a single page."-T.F. Rigelhof, The Globe and Mail
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award, Canada and the Caribbean
Finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
In a moment of self-absorption, Clara Purdy’s life takes a sharp left turn when she crashes into a beat-up car carrying an itinerant family of six. The Gage family had been travelling to a new life in Fort McMurray, but bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer rather than remnants of the accident. Recognizing their need as her responsibility, Clara tries to do the right thing and moves the children, husband and horrible grandmother into her own house—then has to cope with the consequences of practical goodness.
As Lorraine walks the borders of death, Clara expands into life, finding purpose, energy and unexpected love amidst the hard, unaccustomed work of sharing her days. But the burden is not Clara’s alone: Lorraine’s children must cope with divided loyalties and Lorraine must live with her growing, unpayable debt to Clara—and the feeling that Clara has taken her place.
What, exactly, does it mean to be good? When is sacrifice merely selfishness? What do we owe in this life and what do we deserve? Marina Endicott looks at life and death through the compassionate lens of a born novelist: being good, being at fault, and finding some balance on the precipice.See all Product Description
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I really loved how all the characters grew throughout the book.Read more ›
Endicott writes the story from multiple perspectives. We have Clare who is emotionally drained and worried about the children constantly.Read more ›
It's discovered that Lorraine, the mother, has cancer and has to stay in the hospital for treatment. The father steals Clara's car and money and takes off, leaving her with his three kids and his cranky mother. Rather than throw them out, Clara takes some time off from work to take care of them with the help of her elderly next door neighbour and Lorraine's brother who has come to town when he hears his sister is sick. Clara's life has definitely changed.
I love to read and I usually know right away if I am going to "get into" a book or not and finish reading it. With this one, I was on the fence but I kept going.
It's almost 400 pages and it seemed like a long story. I found the writing style and story made it a lot of work to read. When I read, I usually just have one book on the go. With this one, I had to keep putting it aside and read something else for a break.
Even though Clara was finding purpose in her life, I found the story too much of a downer. I didn't find the characters likable and I wasn't feeling sorry for their dire situations. Paul the Anglican priest and the cranky grandmother were tiresome.
I made it to the halfway point before I couldn't take it anymore and finally gave up.
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This book was slow moving and predictable. It was almost a day to day description of Clara's new role of caring for three young children abandoned by their father and their... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2010 by Carol C. Markowsky
I am at a loss as to how this book has achieved the accolades it has. The author engages in some very descriptive, detailed sections and yet glosses over what I considered should... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2010 by M. Burkholder
Marina Endicott's Good to a Fault was on the Giller prize shortlist for 2008. This book deserved that placement. Read morePublished on March 3 2009 by MacFly