The Idea of Perfection

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Picador, 2000 - Australian fiction - 401 pages
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"Harley Savage is a plain, rawboned 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. Seeming to be incompetent was something Douglas did to protect himself, just as having a "dangerous streak" served the same purpose for Harley."

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I liked this book, but I found myself not picking it up for long periods of time. It is actually the reason I am so behind in all of my other work, because I just couldn't stay with it long enough to ... Read full review

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Karakarook is a hot, dusty, sun-baked small town in New South Wales. Three outsiders with very different backgrounds and outlooks come to town for various reasons. Each has skeletons from the past to ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Kate Grenville was born in Sydney on October 14, 1950. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a BA (Honours), the University of Colorado with a MA and a PhD in Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is one of Australia's best-known authors. She is the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She will be at the Oz, New Zealand festival of literature and arts program in London in 2015. She also made the Indie Awards 2016 shortlists in the Nonfiction category with her title One Life.

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