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
Yes. A great story about an alcoholic in complete denial about the impact alcohol has on her life.
Hildy. She seemed like an authentic old time New Englander and a very authentic secret drinker.
My favorite scene is Hildy's memory of loving Frankie as a teenager and sneaking onto harbor boats during their summer romance.
This narrator provided the perfect voice for Hildy & made the book. I don't think I would have enjoyed reading it nearly as much as listening to the book, because of the perfect narration. Loved the book!
Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!
I haven't read the print version but I thought the audiobook was amazing. They could not have found a better voice for Hildy.
Hildy! The narrator does the best job really getting you to visualize the character.
I have to agree with all the other reviewers- the narrator makes this a can't-miss audiobook. The story is great- I thought it was really interesting, but also pretty dark. Some amazon reviews of the book described it as lighthearted and funny. It had funny moments, yes, but the subject matter is not funny- so don't expect light chick-lit. But that being said, I really loved this audiobook and would highly recommend it.
Narration brought this book to life.
All the smart witted remarks of main character
Yes Yes Yes Its a book you don't want to have an ending.
Hildy of course. What a study in denial.
She sounds just like I vision Hildy
Frank- He just kept being himself and hanging in there.
Lovely human insight.
I have not read the print version, but with the audio version I had an immediate sense of who Hildy Good was and what she looked/sounded like! I'm sure a print version would have produced a very different perception of Hildy!
I'm thinking "Fried Green Tomatoes"...a specific American town, a culture, some comedy/tragedy (and the whole time I thought Mary Stuart Masterson was Mary Beth Hurt - sorry!). And in answer to the question, it comes down to tone as well (did not read the print version - loved the film).
I am really grateful for the ending. I love the scene in the sailboat. I had to re-listen to the last quarter of the book because sometimes I fall asleep with an audiobook - don't worry, I know it!
Hildy, of course. Well, she is the most developed character...and even though Peter should have had a chance to redeem himself instead of finishing himself off, I get the story...
The main character seemed so familiar to me. She embodied a few people I know well. The denial of her alcoholism was very typical and made her very real. Being from New England, I loved the familiarity of the location. Overall a great read.
I loved this book! I got completely caught up in the world that Ann Leary created. Her characters are totally believeable - flawed, humorous and recognizeable. Mary Beth Hurt's narration is excellent - I always knew who was speaking. This is a book I would listen to again - it's that good.
Yes, it was entertaining and easy to follow, even with breaks in the listening.
I found it to be unique.
I would have loved to have been able to listen to this book in one sitting.
Mary Beth Hurt completely captured the voice and feeling of the character and added immensely to the enjoyment of the story.
I could relate to this woman. Sure the story plays out exactly like you expect with little in the way of shocking twists and turns. However, it is a very well written feel good kind of book. The characters feel very human- like you could and DO know them. Mary Beth Hurt did an excellent job with all of the characters voices.....with the exception of the rare voice of children...which was painful. Like nails on a chalkboard kind of painful. Overall, an excellent read- I would buy and will read it again.
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