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
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?
Mary Beth Hurt was the final touch on making this a wonderful book on audio. I loved the perspective of Hildy Good and felt the author created a very authentic character with respect to her alcoholism, her denial, her relationship to her family and friends, and her living in a small town. The story rang true in so many ways. Humor was intermingled with sadness and some suspense in a very real way. I look forward to reading more by Ann Leary.
enjoyed listening to "The Good House". Really puts the listener in the seat of being an alcoholic ... painful to comprehend. Well read and for the most part believeable.
Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".
Funny, poignant, and beautifully written and narrated. Bravo to author and performer. I know I'll be re-reading this book in the future.
I bought this book because I love the area of Massachusetts she is writing about. I was hoping for the sights and sounds of a place I hadn't seen since I was a girl. What I got was a very real, hard, yet somehow sympathetic and compelling look at a life unraveling. This is a Yankee kind of story - hard and unvarnished in the telling of both the good and the bad. Mary Beth Hurt's narration was spot on.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
I THINK I LIKED FRANK THE BEST. HE WAS ALWAYS HIMSELF.
I HAVE NEVER HEARD HER BEFORE. I DID NOT LIKE HER VOICE AT FIRST BUT SHE REALLY FIT THE BOOK WELL.
PETER. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY HE DID WHAT HE DID.
THIS BOOK COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF THEY FOCUSED MORE ON PETER AND REBECCA. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A SUBPLOT. STALKERS CAN BRING TENSION TO A STORY SO MAYBE THIS BOOK WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE TENSE.
IT WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN. I LISTENED TO THE ENTIRE BOOK WITHIN 24-30 HOURS. I WILL READ THIS ONE AGAIN AND AGAIN.
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