Good to A Fault

Good to A Fault

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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.

Publisher: Calgary : Freehand Books, c2008
ISBN: 9781551119298
1551119293
Branch Call Number: FIC Endic 3564
Characteristics: 372 p

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brianreynolds Jan 31, 2014

The opening chapters of Marina Endicott’s very quiet but very sweet Good to a Fault left me with that helpless apprehension which comes from watching a likeable character make one well-meaning but unfortunate move after another. Sticking with it, however, was a most rewarding experience. Without lecturing or dithering, Endicott concocts a journey that entertains on many levels. She unravels an almost allegoric yarn about trying to be good—one that ends with a very palatable combination of certainty and uncertainty, a dash of archetypal romance, a dollop of comic union and enough substance to satisfy a reader looking for much more than the simple sum of the parts.

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erinsnest
Nov 11, 2012

Finished this Nov 1? 2012. While I enjoyed reading this book, it just didn't thrill me. Just too many readily available helpers around when she needed them. Real life just doesn't work that way! I think I picked it out when shelving books at the library.

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uncommonreader
May 28, 2012

This is about being useful and being used.

samdog123 Mar 14, 2012

You've heard of the Neverending story? Well, this is the Neverending book, with few redeeming qualities. I've been wanting to read it for awhile, but am wondering why?

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Pasc
Nov 10, 2011

- Clara, a quasi-spinster in her early 40s.
The white-trash family she drives into:
- Lorraine, her husband Clayton, their children Dolly,Trevor and Pearce, Mrs. Pell her mother-in-law
- Darwin, Lorraine's brother.
- Grace, Clara's cousin, Moreland her husband and Fern her daugher
- Paul, the pastor and Clara's future lover

Why does Clara open her house to total strangers? How good is she? Who is taking advantage of whom?

Clara is so busy preparing her house for the family she crashed into, that she forgets to assign herself a bed in her own home. It didn't bode well! However, her character like all others in the book are layered, complexed and described with great empathy.

A book that stays with you quietly. Decent people are so much more complicated and fascinating than what we first perceive of them.

A great book for a book club

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elinpat
Oct 11, 2011

great story. Happy ending only conclusion, perhaps , though I can ee going in the other direc tion. Because the single career is 'good to a fault'. Really fun characters, especilly the family she takes on after hitting their car. A really fun read.

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jquickmsw
Jul 04, 2011

Brilliant, touching, wonderful in every way. I couldn't wait for the ending, while not wanting it to end. Read it. You'll see.

thehammer Jun 19, 2011

Great book. Recommended.

hermlou Apr 12, 2011

Well written story of a childless woman who cares for a stranger's three children. Endicott captures the feelings of the woman and of the children, and all the characters are very human. I won't give away more of the plot, but it takes the reader through pride and sorrow, just as life does. I enjoyed it and will read her other books.

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truenorth
Mar 25, 2011

Canada Reads 2010 contender. Starts with a car collision.Clara feels at fault takes on the children of the couplein the other car. The wife is dying of cancer and the husband disappears.

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vickiz
Dec 27, 2008

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13)

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