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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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Takes place in a New England town. A "townie" who is a descendant of Sarah Good learns to navigate through relationships and possibly a few glasses of wine again after returning from rehab for her drinking. Funny, well paced and great characters. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Takes place in a New England town. A "townie" who is a descendant of Sarah Good learns to navigate through relationships and possibly a few glasses of wine again after returning from rehab for her drinking. Funny, well paced and great characters. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
I found this to be very unevenly paced. Somedays I couldn't put it down and other times it moved very slowly and I just waned it to end. The ending was fast paced but somewhat predictable? It provided some insights into the life of a closet alcoholic. ( )
  becka11y2 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Through the eyes of Hildy, we discover living in a small town. Quickly, however, we realise that Hildy is struggling with alcoholism; this creates a bias which leaves the reader guessing about what is really happening around her. This type of narrative seems to enjoy a trend and I found that Leary does a good job of constructing the story without it being a frustrating experience for the reader. The denouement tends towards to shift the story into a thriller-type story, but Leary saves it by giving it its natural ending without too much fanfare and in keeping with the general tone of the book.
The characters are endearing and interesting. Hildy, Rebecca, Peter and Frank all have their complexities and evolve well and true to their personalities. I very much enjoyed the descriptions of the small town, the variety of threads and the careful structure of the novel. This is definitely a book I would recommend. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Jan 17, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this. And Mary Beth Hurt was amazing as the reader of the audio book! ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
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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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