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The Good House: A Novel | [Ann Leary]

The Good House: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 03-01-13
    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator makes Hildie come alive!"

    You will not want this book to end. Hildie and her way of describing the members of her community grabs you and won't let you stop listening. I loved this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Elmira, NY, United States 02-27-13
    Ronald Elmira, NY, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Engrossing!!"
    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    very well written


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were a number of elements woven in that emerged later in the story. They weren't all necessary to the telling but they added nice touches to the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Early on when Rebecca help with the mare and foal.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Rebecca and Betty found the missing boy.


    Any additional comments?

    Did not think I would like it at first but reversed my position as I got further in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. 02-26-13
    S. 02-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful ~"

    I loved the book, and thought the narration/performance was brilliant. I loved Hildie, flaws and all - and the narrator made the book come alive. It was a delight ~ !

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    Lori United States 02-26-13
    Lori United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved this New England tale..."

    I loved this book, but especially loved the character Hilde Good. I am hoping Leary writes another novel with this character and some of the other great characters in this New England town. It was not always an easy listen, Hilde's alcoholism was tough at times to hear about because you felt for her so much!.
    I thought this books was heart-warming, at times sad, and laugh out loud funny at other times. and there was even a few delightfully unexpected twists during the end. The reader was spot-on. I am looking forward to more books by Leary. I have listen to a couple of duds in a row so I really needed this book. I would Highly recommend this to any adult reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Flovilla, Georgia, United States 02-25-13
    Beverly Flovilla, Georgia, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Hello! I'm a full-time nurse, part-time reader, chef, gardener and stylist! Love all my hobbies. Oh, and mother to Marley (shih-tzu) and Sam

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    "Intriguing take on a difficult topic."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The characters were very well developed and not run of the mill.


    If you could take any character from The Good House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hildy, for sure! She would clearly be the life the of the party. She is has a lot of depth to her character and is someone who could carry herself in just about any conversation. She is obviously never at a loss for words.


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    Ann Northern Maine 02-24-13
    Ann Northern Maine 02-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Addicted to Audible

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    "Hildy expressed it best herself..."More More More"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have e-mailed all my friends


    What does Mary Beth Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've read reviews that the written version is very good; but this audio is FANTASTIC. Mary Beth Hurt captured Hildy. You can tell she did her homework, this was not a cold read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last scene with Hildy and Frankie. Perfect full circle, I loved the recapturing of their youth.


    Any additional comments?

    I smiled.I laughed.I gasped.I did not cry.I did get a little mad.I savored every syllable, twice.

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    Natalie 02-21-13
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    "You'll root for Hidly"
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    You'll be rooting for Hilldy to do the right thing through the entire book. Even when she doesn't you still want her to prove more powerful than the opposing forces those within her and those on the outside.


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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 04-05-13
    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 04-05-13 Member Since 2003

    ShootingFish

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    "Great Way to Put Yourself To Sleep at Night"

    This was 10 hours of babbling and town gossip by an alcoholic, over-the-hill, has-been real estate agent. Nothing I can't get at family gatherings. The woman who narrated it was annoying at times—you could hear every cigarette she ever smoked.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-20-13
    Stephanie Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What an awful voice"
    Would you try another book from Ann Leary and/or Mary Beth Hurt?

    Be sure to listen to the reader before you buy. the reader gave her own interpretation by her voice with no room for your own thought. It was like the nails on the chalkboard.
    the story was ok
    i am returning the book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne ORLANDO, FL, United States 12-26-13
    Adrienne ORLANDO, FL, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I struggled with this book. I about gave up half-way through but the story picked up some. All in all, the story was pretty blah to me.


    Would you recommend The Good House to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I read this on a recommendation and I just couldn't understand the lure.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    I liked her voice and her inflection. She captured Hildy's indignant attitude over her daughters views on her alcohol abuse in a funny way.


    Was The Good House worth the listening time?

    I didn't think so.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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