Good To A Fault by Marina EndicottGood To A Fault by Marina Endicott

Good To A Fault

byMarina Endicott

Paperback | June 4, 2013

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Marina Endicott's critically and commercially beloved novel, published for the first time by Anchor Canada.

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.

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.

MARINA ENDICOTT won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, Good to a Fault. Her first novel, Open Arms, was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Endicott has been an actor, director, playwright and ed...
Title:Good To A FaultFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.94 × 5.13 × 0.8 inPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385680198

ISBN - 13:9780385680196

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What lies beneath the surface... An honest portrayal of loss, love, family and what lies behind our motives and actions...lovely! !
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good to a fault I loved this story. I felt the emotions of the characters. Their interactions, whether painful, joyous, or mundane, were real and human. I was enthralled throughout.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good for book club I read this for our book club. It will open up good discussion on life, and caring for others. For me it shows that life is richer when a person is involved in the lives of others. Main character is single, and needed to reach out into relationships with others. She did well to take in the children in need, and also visit sick mother. But she couldn't have done it without the support of her wonderful neighbour and relatives.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such an honest book about human nature! This book was a real reflection of human nature and a great reminder that life is messy, but that is what makes it so real. It also touches on the people we have all met at some point (or might be) and how we all have faults, some worse than others, but that's what keeps things entertaining.
Date published: 2010-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quietly brilliant When Clara’s car accidentally runs into a van carrying the entire Gage family, her life is turned completely upside down. Following the accident, routine medical check-ups determine that Lorraine, the mother, has terminal cancer. This is further complicated by the fact that the family has been living in the van and now have nowhere to go. Ridden with guilt about her perceived contribution to the family’s demise, Clara opens her home to Lorraine’s wayward husband, bitter mother-in-law, and their three young children. As the demands place upon Clara increase, she begins to grapple with her true motivation for taking in the family. In this eloquently written novel, Endicott examines what motivates us as human beings to be good and what constitutes truly altruistic behaviour. Although it is a longer novel and the story takes its time to unfold, there is enough human drama to keep the reader guessing until the end. I would recommend this novel to anyone patient enough to allow a good story to reveal itself.
Date published: 2010-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than just good. This was an excellent reading experience. Clara Purdy is caring for three children and their crochety old grandmother, while their mother undergoes cancer treatment. She takes them in mostly out of guilt, but keeps them out of love. But she comes to believe that the children would be better off with her... And so the reader -- and Clara -- must decide whether an action is truly good if it isn't truly selfless. All of the characters in this novel were expertly created, and Endicott demonstrates incredible insight and intellect in her writing. I loved this book.
Date published: 2010-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good To A Fault was Good To The Last Page This book explores the concept of being good and if our motives for doing something affect whether it is good or not. Clara has an accident with a poor family and ends up taking in the 3 children and old grandmother when it's discovered the mother has cancer and the father splits. Overall I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to others. I did find the writing somewhat disjointed but it didn't affect the overall story which was quite 'good'
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from GOOD Endicott wrote an engaging story with strong characters. The story explores the concept of good. Clara after being in an accident takes care of the three children involved in the other car because their mother has cancer and the father has left them. She puts her own life on hold to raise and care for those children because she feels responsable for the accident. How good is that!!!
Date published: 2009-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthy of the Giller Short List Marina Endicott’s Good to a Fault was on the Giller prize shortlist for 2008. This book deserved that placement. The story explores the concept of good as the main character, Clara, cares for three children of a woman who is stricken with cancer. Clara comes to care about the children immensely and, in her heart, wants to keep them because she feels she can best care for them. This book kept me interested throughout and had an ending that was satisfying but not predictable.
Date published: 2009-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! I truly wanted to read this before the Giller awards - but this was one of the hardest books to track down. It was worth the wait. Maria Endicott writes an utterly engaging story; with strong characters that you will grow to love. The book is filled with sharp insight, humor and a question - can you be too good? You can help but care about Clara - and her journey that started with an accident, a bag of cherries, three kids and a cancer diagnosis.......
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good without fault I hadn't heard of Marina Endicott before the Giller list was announced, and am glad I was able to hear about her. This book crackles with story. It's compelling from start to finish. The author shows the large scope of small moments, and does so without being trite or boring, which is often the case in my opinion. I look forward to future books from her.
Date published: 2008-11-20

Editorial Reviews

"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"Endicott writes precisely and lucently, and sustains her novel well beyond any number of easy conclusions to provide a convincing case that some redemptive force is at work in the world, even if it's just our own innate creativity and talent for finding love." —National Post