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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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    Jane Mcdowell Muncie, IN, United States 03-05-13
    Jane Mcdowell Muncie, IN, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2000
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    This book uses first person narrative to get inside the personality of a wealthy alcoholic. The best part of the book is the narrative voice. I believe the characterization of this aspect of her life is very good, but we hear about lots of carryings on of other very rich and superficial people.

    I suspect I would drink too much if surrounded by these folks. There wasn't really much to chuckle about, the story line wandered quite a bit, and the attempt to tell about a "love story" between 60-somethings was fairly pathetic.

    If you are interested in getting a perspective on the alcoholic's delusional way of thinking this book will be of value. Otherwise, leave it alone.

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    Tama Raleigh, NC, United States 03-04-13
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    Would you try another book from Ann Leary and/or Mary Beth Hurt?

    Yes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The book had a great plot line with a good deal of suspense. The ending just plain fell flat. I went "what the heck" why did you bother to build us up like that only to let us down.


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

    She really got into the heads of characters and her portrayal was on point!


    Do you think The Good House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, there really isn't anywhere to go with this character.


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