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From Barnes & NobleWhen Clara Purdy, a lonely divorcée in her forties, accidentally crashes into the Gage family's car, she has no idea that she's just said goodbye to life as she knows it. The Gages, who were living in their car, are now homeless, and when Lorraine, the family matriarch, is admitted to the hospital, she's diagnosed with cancer. Now Clara is faced with a dilemma:What exactly does she owe this chaotic family?
In a scene out of The Blind Side, Clara ends up taking the Gage children and their unpleasant grandmother into her own tidy home and caring for them all. In the process, Clara is finally able to let go of her own past, including the memory of her parents, now deceased. She bonds with the children, especially the baby, and discovers within a reservoir of generosity and sacrificial love.
But when Lorraine makes a miraculous recovery and reclaims the children, Clara is bereft and forced to reconstruct her life yet again. Will this likable, unpretentious heroine rediscover happiness? Will she allow herself a relationship with a good man?
In Good to a Fault, a woman's quest for love and meaning leads to more universal questions about existence. No easy answers are offered — but plenty of humor, love, and compassion enliven this tale of an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances.
"Witty and wise."—Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn