The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

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Harley Savage is a plain woman, a part-time museum curator and quilting expert with three failed marriages and a heart condition. Douglas Cheeseman is a shy, gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, one marriage gone sour, and a crippling lack of physical courage. They meet in the little Australian town of Karakarook, where Harley has arrived to help the town build a heritage museum and Douglas to demolish the quaint old Bent Bridge. From the beginning they are on a collision course until the unexpected sets them both free.

Elegantly and compassionately told, The Idea of Perfection is reminiscent of the work of Carol Shields and Annie Proulx and reveals Kate Grenville as "a writer of extraordinary talent" (The New York Times Book Review).

About Kate Grenville

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Kate Grenville's works of fiction include The Secret River, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book and short listed for the Man Booker Prize, and The Idea of Perfection, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in Sydney. Visit her website at
Published April 1, 2002 by Penguin Books. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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There's a smile—if not an outright belly laugh—on every page of this delicious comic novel (winner of Britain's 2001 Orange Prize), the fifth from the Australian author (Albion's Story, 1994, etc.).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Idea of Perfection

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Winner of 2001's Orange Prize for Fiction, Australian novelist Grenville sets her latest effort in the sleepy town of Karakarook (pop.

May 17 2002 | Read Full Review of The Idea of Perfection

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