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
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!!
This story completely enveloped me and I was caught up in the characters and their interactions with each other immediately. Hildy is a treasure no matter what problem she might have. The narrator was excellent and made the characters believable and come alive! The story was just a treat and I didn't want it to end! You've got to meet Hildy...you will love her, too.
Mary Beth Hurt needs to narrate more books - I listened to her first with The Darlings by Russell Banks (also an excellent read).
The Good House was an engaging and fun listen.
I was worried that I would find this book stupid, not the case. Great story and characters. I am usually not into books about an alcoholic, but this was much more.
I would listen again because I thought the narrator did an excellent job, and I found the main character to be very funny.
I listen to books to get me through runs and walks with my dogs. This one was really a great distraction. The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life and although it was about an alcoholic it put everything into perspective from the characters hysterical point of view. It was never judgmental, nor did it focus on how or why to quit. Her drunk antics were classic and made me laugh out loud a few times. Loved the book.
The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.
Depressing. Gloomy. Dreary.
I wouldn't change it really. I said it was depressing, but stories about alcoholics generally are.
No. Too depressing.
Did I mention that this book is depressing?
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