The Idea of Perfection Author:Kate Grenville 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 hel... more »p 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).« less
This is not what you'd call an exciting book, but it was well-written and heart-warming, with its unorthodox characters, and I really liked it. Leaves you feeling good, unlike many other modern books. What it reminded me of, a little, was the several books I have read by Neville Shute.