Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2014
A riveting novel in which an engaging and wildly irreverent woman is in complete denial - about herself, her drinking, and her love for a man she's known all her life.
The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it's not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem.
As if battling her demons wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets. There's a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desire - and a love story between two craggy 60-somethings that's as real and sexy as you get. An exceptional novel that is at turns hilarious and sobering, The Good House asks the question: What will it take to keep Hildy Good from drinking? For good.
©2012 Ann Leary (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
I enjoy historical fiction, humor, and biographies. I listen to my Audible books as I drive in my car or on my IPhone.
I enjoyed the story of the struggle of an elderly,alcoholic woman. You can actually understand her side and the way she sees things as she deals with the struggle of having to have another drink. The narration was excellent and I will gladly listen to any other book from this narrator.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
Hildi is so real!! I saw myself all the way though!
This book made me laugh outloud!! I loved it!!
The author is so excellent she brings the story to life!
I really think all books are better in audio, provided the narrator is good.
This was a nice read, plain and simple
We've certainly thought about it.
Because we didn't want it to end and we've not read another as good.
The goodness of it, etc.
There was nothing we didn't like, she was terrific, we fell in love with her.
No, we wanted to savor it!
What more can we say except wish we could find another we enjoyed as much.
This is a ravishingly enjoyable novel, told in the first person by Hildy Goode, a sixty-year-old alcoholic real estate agent and fictional 8th granddaughter of the real Sarah Good who was hanged for witchcraft at Salem in 1692, The story revolves around a growing friendship between Hildy and a newcomer to the small coastal Massachusetts town of Wendover, a wealthy, vulnerable young woman who stumbles into an affair with the local psychiatrist. But the story's magic truly lies in Hildy's voice--her intelligence, her worldly wisdom, her deep roots in the town and her efforts to deny her alcoholism. The book could have benefitted from a bit more editing in some early sections where a few passages fall flat and some repetition creeps in, but this is a remarkable book. The lyrically described setting and the character of Hildy Good are fully realized and a delight to encounter.
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.
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