Good to A Fault

Good to A Fault

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Absorbed in her own failings, 43-year-old Clara Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the young family in the other car along with her.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780099537458
0099537451
9780061825897
0061825891
Branch Call Number: Fiction Endicott
PR9199.4.E53 G66 2010
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 23 cm

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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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Dec 27, 2008

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

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