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
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.
very well written
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.
Early on when Rebecca help with the mare and foal.
When Rebecca and Betty found the missing boy.
Did not think I would like it at first but reversed my position as I got further in.
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 ~ !
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.
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
Yes. The characters were very well developed and not run of the mill.
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.
Addicted to Audible
I already have e-mailed all my friends
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.
The last scene with Hildy and Frankie. Perfect full circle, I loved the recapturing of their youth.
I smiled.I laughed.I gasped.I did not cry.I did get a little mad.I savored every syllable, twice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. I read this on a recommendation and I just couldn't understand the lure.
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.
I didn't think so.
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