The Idea Of Perfection

The Idea Of Perfection

Book - 1999
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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 ).
Publisher: c1999.
ISBN: 9780142002858
0142002852
Branch Call Number: FIC Grenv

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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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No_Stalkers4Me
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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