Good to a Fault, Paperback Book
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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.

When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara moves the three children and their terrible grandmother into her own house while Lorraine undergoes treatment at the local hospital.

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 questions her own motives. Is she acting out of true goodness, or out of guilt? And most shamefully, has she taken the family over simply because she wants one of her own?

In "Good to a Fault", award-winning writer Marina Endicott examines what we owe in this life and what we deserve. And the result is a profound and unforgettable novel.


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This book starts with quite a bang - in more ways than one. It's a great start, but then it starts to sag a bit as it goes on. I think it's quite hard to write a story about goodness that's interesting (evil is much more dramatic) - and it's also hard to make the daily round of domestic duties interesting. So Endicott gave herself quite a challenge, but I think she's done a reasonable job with tough material.