The Idea of Perfection
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The Idea of Perfection

By (author) 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").

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • 01 Nov 2003
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142002852
  • 9780142002858
  • 345,431

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Kate Grenville is one of Australia's best-known writers. Her novels include Lilian's Story and Albion's Story, which was a finalist for the Miles Franklin Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction.

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"Fluid and funny . . . an incandescent novel." ("Boston Globe")

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