Good To A Fault by Marina Endicott

This book is good to a fault … hah!

The characters are so deserving and the cards are lined up so much to fall in their favour that to give them anything except the happy ending would have been brow-furrowing, and there’s none of that in this book. Still, the somewhat shallow plot left Endicott free to create incredibly deep and complexly-realized characters, paper wonders to behold.

This the second book I’ve read from the 2008 Giller Prize shortlist. I still agree that Through Black Spruce deserves the prize.



Absorbed in her own failings, Clara Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the family in the other car along with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara tries to do the right thing, moving the family into her own house and upending her life in the process.

As Lorraine walks the borders of death, Clara expands into life, finding purpose, energy, and unexpected love amidst the hard, unaccustomed work of sharing her days. But the burden is not only Clara’s: the children must cope with the guilt of divided loyalties, and Lorraine must live with her growing, unpayable debt to Clara – and the feeling that Clara has taken her place.