So Happy At Home
An eminently satisfying peek behind the curtain of a quaint New England town, guided by Hildy Good, local closet wino, real estate agent par excellence, and party soothsayer. What rich characters, and each fairly depicted, redeeming and nasty qualities exposed for all to see (and hear). Fabulous narration!
The performance completed the package- Growing up I knew the woman depicted. She was my friend's mother and if you grew up in New England you probably knew this woman too.
The performance nailed the cadence and tone of a real New England grand dame.
The daughters to explore further what growing up in that household was like pre and post the divorce of their parents.
I just wished it hadn't ended so soon. I could have listened on and on.
It is very interesting that the author said the book was originally meant to be about the relationship between Rebecca and Peter because I thought Hildy's story was infinitely more intriguing.
Superb narrator. Mary Beth Hurt was Hildy Good. I knew how an alcoholic thought and felt. I am only sorry you can't get away from the "f" word anymore - at least that's the way it seems. Because of this I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
"New England towns people, a bit of adultery, real estate, psychology and class, and just a little glass of wine"
The character development was superb, narration outstanding and I must say I learned a lot about myself listening to this book.
I can't answer this as I didn't read it...
Hildy of course. I didn't care for the narrator though, not that she didn't do a good job, but to me, her voice sounded much older than a 60 year old woman. She sounds about 80 to me.
I think I might have preferred reading it as I didn't care for her voice. But her narration was fine, she sounded uppity, as I imagine Hildy really would.
I highly recommend this book. Great story and I looked forward to listening to it daily. It's difficult for me to find books that reach out to me as this one did.
Like the author, at one time I lived in the same are as the fictional town of Wendover, so I know how different it is to move into a place steeped with history and tradition and be on the outside. I loved Hildy, so funny but still a real person with her struggles.
A very entertaining story, the narrator was perfect!
There are so many books on the bestseller lists that aren't as good as this one. Mary Beth Hurt brings central character, Hildy Good, and an entire town of characters to life. It's a pitch perfect performance of a great book. I'm not sure where some reviewers are getting the idea that it's a comedy. It's not. It's a serious drama with surprising suspense, and insights into alcoholic denial that I won't soon forget. I'm recommending it to my book group. This book deserves a lot more attention than it's had.
Hildy is an alcoholic but in denial. Not only about her drinking, but her love life and children as well. When Rebecca moves to the sleep village of Wendover, Hildy befriends her. But soon things go from bad to worse and Hildy has to make some difficult choices, but will she make the right ones?