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The Good House: A Novel by Ann Leary
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The Good House: A Novel (edition 2013)

by Ann Leary

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Title:The Good House: A Novel
Authors:Ann Leary
Info:St. Martin's Press (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
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The Good House by Ann Leary

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Excellent! Sure to be one of my favorites of 2013, this book is entertaining from start to finish. Mary Beth Hurt is the narrator of the audio book. and in my opinion deserves an Audie award for her flawless performance as Hildy Good.

Hildy is a completely unreliable narrator with a sharp, biting wit that had me laughing out loud more than once. Along with Hildy, the author does a great job creating a New England village full of interesting characters. The book is well-written, and the plot is compelling, taking a suspenseful, darker turn mid-way through.

Highly recommended, especially the audio version!
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  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
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  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
What a surprise. Extremely well written story told by the slightly unreliable but very engaging narrator Hildy Good. Loved the tip of the hat to the Salem witch trials. Maybe a little more about real estate than I wanted to know but that's minor. And not such a tidy ending. Good read, all round. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book, especially because it was told from the point of view of an alcoholic. The book jacket stated it was comical but honestly I didn't find any of it funny at all. I liked that the setting was in a small town on the ocean near Boston and New York, you get a view of life in a small town in 2012. ( )
  janismack | Aug 13, 2016 |
Slow burning domestic drama. Excellent characterization. Really enjoyed this one. ( )
  flippinpages | Apr 16, 2016 |
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I can walk through a house once and know more about its occupants than a psychiatrist could after a year of sessions.
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"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"--… (more)

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