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Good to a Fault

In Marina Endicott's novel, a woman's uneventful life is turned upside-down when she takes in a family whose car she collided with.

Marina Endicott

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. The book was championed by Simi Sara in Canada Reads 2010.

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From the book

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.

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The author of Good to a Fault describes her elation at being shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2008. 5:20
Marina Endicott reads from her novel "Good to a Fault." In this scene, Lorraine is in the hospital fighting cancer while her husband Clayton has disappeared, leaving the children with Clara, a woman she barely knows. 5:02

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