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Good to a Fault

June 4, 2013 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780385680196
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Description

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.

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.

About this Author

MARINA ENDICOTT's much-celebrated novel, Good to a Fault, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her next, The Little Shadows, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and longlisted for the Giller Prize. The novel that followed, Close to Hugh, was also shortlisted for the GGLA and nominated for the Giller Prize. Her most recent novel, The Difference, was published to acclaim in Canada and the US (Norton). Endicott lived for many years in Edmonton, Alberta, and now lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

ISBN: 9780385680196
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 400
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: 2013-06-04

Reviews

"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."
--The Globe and Mail

"Endicott writes precisely and lucently, and sustains her novel well beyond any number of easy conclusions to provide a convincing case that some redemptive force is at work in the world, even if it's just our own innate creativity and talent for finding love."
--National Post

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