Good to a Fault

Marina Endicott

Good to a Fault

Clara Purdy is at a crossroads. At 43, she is divorced, living in her late parents' house, and nearing her twentieth year as a claims adjuster at a local insurance firm. Her uneventful life is turned upside down, though, when she has a car accident and ends up taking in the family whose car she collided with. The result: exhaustion, fury, hilarity and unexpected love -- and a wise tale about moral choices and how difficult it is to do the right thing.

Good to a Fault was shortlisted for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. It was a contender for Canada Reads 2010, when it was defended by Simi Sara.


"Fear is always with us: that we are not good enough or strong enough, and so will fail; that we will be hurt. Fear that what we love will be taken from us. Fear of dying, even fear of God, or of no God. But God surprises us by giving us strength to bear what we must; by giving us joy when we think that nothing but sadness is possible."

From: Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott ©2008. Published by Freehand Books.