Saturday, May 22, 2010

GOOD TO A FAULT: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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GOOD TO A FAULT
BY MARINA ENDICOTT

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Giller Prize, this "profoundly humane novel" (Vancouver Sun), wrings suspense and humor out of the everyday choices we make, revealing the delicate balance between sacrifice and self-interest, doing good and being good.

Clara Purdy is at a crossroads. At forty-three, she is divorced, living in her late parents' house, and nearing her twentieth year as a claims adjuster at a local insurance firm. Driving to the bank during her lunch hour, she crashes into a sharp left turn, taking the Gage family in the other car with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara decides to do the right thing. She moves Lorraine's three children and their terrible grandmother into her own house—and then has to cope with the consequences of practical goodness: exhaustion, fury, hilarity, and unexpected love.

What, exactly, does it mean to be good? What do we owe each other in this life, and what do we deserve? Good to a Fault is an ultimately joyful book that digs deep, with leavening humor, into questions of morality, class, and social responsibility. Marina Endicott looks at life and death through the compassionate, humane lens of a born novelist: being good, being at fault, and finding some balance in between.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marina Endicott was born in Golden, British Columbia, and grew up in Nova Scotia and Toronto. She worked as an actor and director in Toronto before going to London, England, where she began to write fiction. In 1984 she went west to Saskatoon, and worked as a director and dramaturge. She ran the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre for many years before going farther west with Peter Ormshaw, a journalist and poet, on his first posting with the RCMP to Mayerthorpe, Alberta. They eventually married and have two children, Will and Rachel. Marina’s first novel, Open Arms, was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2002, and her long poem, "The Policeman's Wife, Some Letters," about the murders of four Mounties in Mayerthorpe in 2005, was short-listed for the national CBC Literary Awards in 2006. Her second novel, Good to a Fault, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Canada/Caribbean region, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize, and was one of the featured books for Canada Reads in 2010. She is at work on a new novel, The Belle Auroras, about a sister-trio-harmony vaudeville act touring the Canadian prairies in 1909.

MY REVIEW:


Marina Endicott’s GOOD TO A FAULT is an absolutely captivating look at people, and what it really means to be a labeled a good person. It is the story of Clara Purdy, a lonely middle-aged woman who one day takes her car and accidentally slams into the vehicle and lives of the people in another car; the entire Gage family. The Gage family consists of two parents, three kids, and one cantankerous grandmother and this accident not only totaled their vehicle but also their lives. You see this family was homeless and slept in their car. Luckily, everyone comes away unhurt when they are checked out at the hospital except for the mother, Lorraine. Although not hurt in the accident, it is found that she has late-stage lymphoma.

Knowing the accident is her own fault, Clara feels the guilt and wants to make things right so without thinking it through, she invites the bewildered Gage family into her own home. This will allow Lorraine, who is presumed to be in her final days, to at least get treatment for her illness. Clara embraces her new life once she gets used to not having her home peaceful and orderly and yet, she is often treated poorly by some of the Gage family members. She adores the children and begins to treat them as her own but before long the father takes her car and leaves town.

Minor characters also play important roles in the story. There is a recently widowed priest who begins to find himself in love with Clara…or is it just that he is seeking solace after his loss? The children’s feelings toward Clara (often known as Clary by now) are varied from defiant with fear of disloyalty to their mother, to one who thinks he feels real love for her. Lorraine feels she owes Clara so much but honestly can’t really feel any gratitude.

GOOD TO A FAULT will have you questioning some of the motives of each of these well written characters especially Clara. Is she really doing this out of a sense of responsibility, or is she somewhat selfish and wants this instant family to fill her lonely life? She relates to baby Pearce as “mine”. But with Marina Endicott’s well drawn characters, you have a good base to relate to each one of the people in this story. She even give the reader a nice ending as all the questions are answered and everything is put in its proper place. I think if you like a good story with well written characters, you will enjoy GOOD TO A FAULT.


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO KYLE AND GOOD PEOPLE
AT HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING,
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS WONDERFUL
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101 comments:

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I learned she likes to read voraciously, so do I. I bet her book is really good.
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I found it interesting that Marina admires Atticus Finch.
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The author feels her biggest accomplishment is managing to get a novel finished while raising two children.
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She dreams about keeping bees

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If she wasn't a writer, she would be a director!

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I learned that this author loves the movie Roman Holiday the best of all. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Fun stuff from Harper Collins--
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I love that she likes 30 Rock!

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I find the comment about clutter to be interesting....being someone with a lot of clutter myself.

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Her favorite food is oranges. Can understand that! Somehow we got home from groceries without any.

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Team JC said...

I learned if she couldn't have been an author she would have been a sad a bitter director. I would love to read Good to a Fault!!!
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Christine H said...

I thought this was interesting Because I wouldn't even consider eating this. Strange how cultures are so different
"My least favorite food is…
kangaroo."
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Melanie said...

I think it's interesting that she's even tried kangaroo to know that it's her least favorite food.

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Something interesting I learned about the author is that her favorite city is Saskatoon.

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I love that she has a theatre background. In my experience that makes for the best books. :)

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Arch said...

I found it interesting that Marina Endicott's best quality is her patience and her worst quality is impatience!!!

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I cracked up when I read this: If I couldn't be a writer, I would be…
a sad and bitter director/dramaturge.
Too funny. :)

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Her least favorite food is kangaroo? I would think it would be! LOL~!

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Shirley said...

I found her least favorite food interesting and I quite agree with her.
"My least favorite food is…
kangaroo."
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Shirley said...

I found this funny, because me and my son in law say this about my daughter, lol.
"My worst habit is...
clutter. (My husband answered that one.)"
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christina said...

the most interesting to me was her dreaming about Keeping bee's, This is somethine I could never do. but I say go for it!
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Amy said...

I find it interesting and funny that Ms. Endicott's oldest piece of clothing, a gray Patagonia cardigan is so old its picture was taken in one store. I have a fewpieces of clothing that are really old and super cmfy and I would never throw them out. I love that Ms. Endicott has such clothing too!

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Tammy said...

If she couldn't be an author, she would be a director. And her best quality is patience.
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Elise said...

Marina's favorite quote is what stood out to me. "It'll be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
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I learned that a perfect day for the author is walking through London in the fog, a swim at Redondo Beach, and dinner at Storm Mountain Lodge in Alberta.
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Diana said...

Her least favorite food is kangaroo. Her favorite is oranges.

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The author's favorite sports team is the Edmonton Oilers.
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