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Good to a Fault

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
In a novel reminiscent of the work of Penelope Lively, Anne Tyler, and Alice Munro, acclaimed author Marina Endicott gives us one of the most satisfying, most profound, and most memorable reads of the year.

Absorbed in her own failings, Clara Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the young family in the other car along with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara against all habit and comfort moves the three children and their terrible grandmother into her own house.

We know what is good, but we don't do it. In Good to a Fault, Clara decides to give it a try, and then has to cope with the consequences: exhaustion, fury, hilarity, and unexpected love. But she must question her own motives. Is she acting out of true goodness, or out of guilt? Most shamefully, has she taken over simply because she wants the baby for her own?

What do we owe in this life, and what do we deserve? This compassionate, funny, and fiercely intelligent novel looks at life and death through grocery-store reading glasses: being good, being at fault, and finding some balance on the precipice.

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"There's heartbreak, there's joy, there are parts where you cry - and it's very high quality writing." - Margaret Atwood

"One of those novels you want to tell people about. It's unpretentious and affecting, with characters to remember and themes that linger and resound." - Meg Wolitzer


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Hardback Editions

March 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Good To a Fault: A Novel
Author(s): Marina Endicott
ISBN: 0-06-182589-1 / 978-0-06-182589-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

June 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Good to a Fault
Author(s): Marina Endicott
ISBN: 0-385-68019-8 / 978-0-385-68019-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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March 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Good to a Fault: A Novel
Author(s): Marina Endicott
ISBN: 0-06-182590-5 / 978-0-06-182590-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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February 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Good to a Fault
Author(s): Marina Endicott
ISBN: 0-09-953745-1 / 978-0-09-953745-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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September 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Good to a Fault
Author(s): Marina Endicott
ISBN: 1-55111-999-4 / 978-1-55111-999-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Freehand Books
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2009 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Good to a Fault
Author(s): Marina Endicott
ISBN: 1-74237-026-8 / 978-1-74237-026-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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August 2008 : Canada Perfect Paperback
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Title: Good to a Fault
Author(s): Marina Endicott
ISBN: 1-55111-929-3 / 978-1-55111-929-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
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Kindle Editions

June 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Good to a Fault
Author(s): Marina Endicott
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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November 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Good to a Fault
Author(s): Marina Endicott
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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March 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Good To a Fault: A Novel
Author(s): Marina Endicott
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon