The Good House

Leary, Ann

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Good House
"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"--

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2012
ISBN: 1250015545
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,25 cm


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Sep 17, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely loved this book. Main character Hildy Good, still lives in the sleepy New England town where she grew up. Despite her success as the top local realtor, the market is in a slump and business is hard to find. Years of drinking on the sly have made Hildy very sensitive to comments from others. This is a story of one woman's spiral into self-denial and destruction. Yet, its also a wonderful story because Hildy is a fabulously funny character. The town locals ring true and I really couldn't put the book down. Can't recommend this book enough.

Jul 30, 2014
  • oama rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My best read in 2014! The funniest as well.

I love Hildy, and her voice will resonate in my mind for a very long time.
I just wonder why the library doesn't have more books from Ann Leary, she is so wonderful!

May 15, 2014

Loved this book, loved both Hildy & Frank, grateful for the insight into a number of concerns that surface in the everyday, complicated life-styles of those of us of a certain "vintage".
The author is very much in tune with several issues beyond that of alcoholism; including the role of parent to adult children, fall-out when a spouse realizes he is gay, unconditional love for a grand child, the pervasive loneliness especially of single people of a certain "vintage"...appreciation for the Frank Getchells of our lives & even the downside of a Montessori education!
This book may very well top my list of Best Read 2014.

Jan 30, 2014

Not my favorite, weird ending.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLSarahA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this book and the voice of the main character, Hildy Good. She is a 60ish not-so-recovering alcoholic who runs her own successful real estate business in a small coastal town on Boston's north shore. Good character development and story line. The movie rights to this book have been sold, so read it now, before the movie comes out and you are at the end of a long waiting list.

Dec 08, 2013
  • hmark33 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really like how as a reader I trusted the protagonist's perspective but then situations forced me to re-evaluate and I was never sure if I was supposed to. That made the book different from others. It made me want to read her other books.

Jul 10, 2013

Interesting book. I was really struck by Hildy's hidden binge drinking and seeming blackouts. Having to question herself, wondering what she may or may not have done the day before seemed pretty scary. All in all, a good read.

Jul 10, 2013
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great insight into the Alcoholic in denial as well as some of the business presssures of real estate in small town New England. A nice read, not great literature, but just a peek at the lives of 'ordinary people', some wealthy, some not, some hiding their wealth and some who just could never leave the town where they grew up.

Jun 07, 2013
  • amgriffin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read. Gripped me in the end. Denis Leary married a talented writer!

May 28, 2013
  • bdemian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderfully accurate insights not only of an alcoholic's delusions but also of life in a particular type of New England, one encroached by wealthy newcomers co-existing somewhat awkwardly with the old-time locals. Leavened with humor and a cheerfully unreliable narrator.

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