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Good to a Fault (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Absorbed in her own failings, Clara Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the young family in the other car along with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara—against all habit and comfort—moves the three children and their terrible grandmother into her own house.

We know what is good, but we don’t do it. In Good to a Fault, Clara decides to give it a try, and then has to cope with the consequences: exhaustion, fury, hilarity, and unexpected love. But she must question her own motives. Is she acting out of true goodness, or out of guilt? Most shamefully, has she taken over simply because she wants the baby for her own?

What do we owe in this life, and what do we deserve? This compassionate, funny, and fiercely intelligent novel looks at life and death through grocery-store reading glasses: being good, being at fault, and finding some balance on the precipice.

Original title: Good to a Fault
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That Bind
FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives


  • Shortlisted for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Edition #1: Good to a Fault

Good to a Fault (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Good to a Fault is a wise and searching novel about the fine line between being useful and being used." Elizabeth Hay
  • "Not even the best detective novels can claim the steady, inexorable suspense that Endicott brings to this story. Emotional stakes have never been higher." Lynn Coady
  • "Fierce and wise, a compelling read." Annabel Lyon
  • "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
  • "Good to a Fault is utterly engaging...with sharp observations and characters so vulnerable they're impossible not to care about, this is a novel that gets under the skin." Quill and Quire
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Good to a Fault (September 2008)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Calgary, Alberta
Publisher: Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781551119298
Pages: 372

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