This was an amazing book about self-examination and rebirth. The characters were so well crafted that I still thought about them well after finishing the book. I would definitely read this book again as is examines the life and trials of a sixty-something woman and I think my appreciation for the main character will only deepen with time.
Her performance was good.
I loved the way this story unraveled. It paints a vivid picture of life in a small New England town. The main character is interesting, and I am so glad the author told the story from her point of view.
It was really good, the characters were multi-faceted and interesting. The story believable, the ending satisfying. It rated in the middle mostly because in wasn't super tragic, heartbreaking, etc. But I wanted Hilde Goode to come out on top!
I like the relationship between Hilde and the junk man in town.
Hilde Goode in all her self denial.
It was Her neighbor the trash man/ junk man/ high school boy of interest.
Not a good book to give to someone who might have a drinking problem, they might take it personally.
Say something about yourself!
The ending was good, but up until then, it was very boring.
I was very pleased!
Made the book a few hours shorter
I bought this book after reading its rave reviews. Now, having finished it, I found the storyline and characterization to be incredibly disappointing. Just when I thought the momentum was picking up, the story kind of just fizzled out. It was a good premise- there was a lot of potential. But unfortunately, everything just fell flat. This book was "finishable," but overall, I just wasn't impressed.
Yes. Liked the characters and wonder how Peter Nuebold died.
Didn't feel the story was finished
While Leary's story is compelling and interesting, Mary Beth Hurt is simply divine in her narration. Her rough voice accurately characterizes the older alcoholic Hildy Good perfectly. Leary's setting and characters well-drawn, and the portrait of the alcoholic in denial seems true-to-life (although in fiction, I don't require THAT). Unreliable narrators are wonderful, and Hildy really absorbs your sympathy, only to re-tell the events another way to reveal that you should not feel so badly for her in her dangerous choices and blurred understanding of others. Great read, perfect narrator.
I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.
Hildy is hilarious.
HIldy, of course. Even though she is incredibly in denial about her "sobriety", she is bitingly funny and poignant all at once.
When Hildy's daughter walks in while Hildy is with her crusty "boyfriend".
This book made me laugh out loud, but also despair at Hildy's stupidity at times. You can't help but love her!
Retired, but work on a part time, when I want basis. Love my grandchildren, gardening and travel.
I simply loved the story and Mary Beth Hurt
The sarcasm from a realtor. I've experienced some of the same moments.
Hiding in the cellar
Wouldn't change it
Most definitely the author. She brought Hildy to LIFE!
Hildy!! She was brazen and vulnerable all at the same time. She was laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Frank. She made him so moody, when I might have otherwise made him boring in my head.
Hildy!! But we wouldn't go to dinner, we would drink wine together!!