Idea of Perfection

Idea of Perfection

eBook - 2010
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Douglas Cheeseman is a big-eared engineer who avoids his own reflection and has bored his wife into leaving him. Newly single, he's the sort of man you'd never look at twice. Harley Savage is a large, raw-boned, abrasive woman who's been through three husbands and doesn't want another. Neither character seems to be a prime subject for a burgeoning romance.

Both Douglas and Harley are carrying all kinds of unhappy baggage when they meet by chance in the little town of Karakarook, New South Wales, population 1,374, on opposing sides of a local issue that's got tempers flaring. Being in Karakarook is something of a voyage of discovery for both of them. Unlike Felicity Porcelline, a local woman dangerously haunted by the idea of perfection, Douglas and Harley come to understand that what appears to others as weakness is often the best kind of strength.

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

A funny and thought-provoking look at a small Australian town, with two people who fall in love in an awkward, sweet way. Out of this unpromising conjunction of opposites something unexpected happens—something better than perfection.

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Nov 22, 2014

Loved this read. You will recognize yourself and others in the characters. Poignant and amusing. Thumbs up.

31foster May 30, 2012

As the subject headings suggest, Kate Grenville's novel is about a bridge, an engineer and a heritage conservastionist. The bridge and its preservation is the source of controversy in the tiny New South Wales town of Karakarook. Douglas Cheeseman, a man who loves the precision of engineering and finely crafted building, is acutely aware of his own imperfections and of those in the bridge he is sent to replace. Harley Savage, maker of strangely imperfect quilts, finds the discards which are the true heritage artifacts of Karakarook. The connection, the bridge building, between the two is told in finely crafrted prose.
A delight to read.

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