Good to a Fault: The goods

 

Hi, I'm Rosie@CBC and this is the spot to discuss Marina Endicott's novel Good to a Fault. This book is one of the two newer, and perhaps lesser-known novels on the panel, but we're going to change that, right? Panelist Simi Sara told me that this book spoke to her so clearly that she had to finish reading it in a day and half. Though it took me a little longer, the story of mild-mannered insurance adjuster Clara Purdy opening up her heart, home (and wallet) to a homeless family is not one you can easily forget!

There are lots of things to discuss in this book: class values, financial struggles, fragmented families, mid-life crisis, life-threatening illness, homelessness and morality, just to name a few of the lighter topics. Seriously, this book deals with serious topics, but it doesn't feel as heavy and dark as some of the other books on the panel (you know who you are!). While the characters face formidable events and have to make tough choices, you also see them experience great joys in life, often found in the simplest things - like an unexpected hug from a child, and the coming together of a community to help someone in need.

My opening question to you is, what do you think of Clara's plan to move an entire family (three children, a surly father and even more surly grandmother) into her home and support them indefinitely? Was this the right thing for her to do? Did she have any other choice? Or was she being selfish?

-- Rosie

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