Good to A FaultBook - 2010
After Clara Purdy gets into a car crash, the bruises of the mother in the other car turn out to be late-stage cancer, prompting Clara to take in the mother's three children and their grandmother while the mother fights to beat her disease.
“There’s heartbreak, there’s joy, there are parts where you cry—and it’s very high quality writing. Well done!”
— Margaret Atwood
“Unpretentious and affecting, with characters to remember and themes that linger and resound.”
— Meg Wolitzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Ten-Year Nap
Marina Endicott’s Good to a Fault wrings suspense and humor out of the everyday choices we make, revealing the delicate balance between sacrifice and self-interest, between doing good and being good. In the vein of the novels of Carol Shields and Ann Patchett, Good to a Fault is a “witty, wise. . . . [and] brilliantly paced” (Colm Tóibín) delight.
After Clara Purdy gets into a car crash with a family vehicle, the bruises of the mother in the other car turn out to actually be late-stage cancer, prompting Clara to take in the mother's three children and their grandmother while the mother fights her disease, in a novel that explores goodness, guilt and selfish desire. Winner of the Giller Prize. 30,000 first printing.
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Everybody was dying, or already dead, or leaving other people, and the year was dying into winter, and the only thing to do was make some noise.
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