The Good House

The Good House

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Successful real-estate broker, mother, and raging alcoholic Hildy Good embarks on a life of denial and loneliness while resenting the intervention of her loved ones and becoming embroiled in a scandal in her New England town.

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"Fresh, sharp and masterfully told, Hildy's tale is as intoxicating as it is sobering."--People magazine 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 lifeAnn Leary's 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 sixty-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.

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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.

Ann Leary's 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 sixty-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.

A Macmillan Audio production.



Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013
ISBN: 9781427237194
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital

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veggielover
Aug 23, 2019

The narrator for this book was wonderful. I was in love with Hildy from the beginning. The stories about the small town and it's residents told from Hildy's quirky and often funny perspective was quiet entertaining. However, if you are looking for a book with a page turning plot, this is not the book for you. The slow pace of the book allowed for great character building and while I do enjoy a fast paced, can't put it down book, this was very enjoyable.

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IV27HUjg
Oct 25, 2016

I agree that the narrator made this book better than it is & not a very good read in the end. Attesting to the observer's view of drinkers in denial - a little too real. I became bored with the minutiae of this woman's life.

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smilesforchildren
Sep 13, 2013

The Reader, Mary Beth Hurt did much to make this book come alive. She played the role so well. Kudos to her for a job well done!

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laurelmg
May 15, 2013

Well performed audio book. Not that good of a a read.

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