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Preview — The Good House by Ann Leary
The Good House
How do you prove you're not an alcoholic?
Hildy Good has reached that dangerous time in a woman's life - middle-aged and divorced, she is an oddity in her small but privileged town. But Hildy isn't one for self-pity and instead meets the world with a wry smile, a dark wit and a glass or t ...more
First of all, I'm a Massachusetts native who's never spent any time on the North Shore, but had no trouble picturing ...more
I bought this book last weekend because I had read several good reviews here, but didn’t really look at the cover until my boyfriend was parking the car in front of his building. I pulled the book out of the bag, glanced at the back cover, and said, “Uh oh.” Andrew looked at me for a sec and then said, “Oh...is that a cover blurb from Jodi Picoult?”
This is the third – maybe fourth – time that a book featuring a cover blurb from Picoult has let m ...more
I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book about a reformed alcoholic but a couple of goodread friends recommended it and I had to give it a go and I am so glad I did as it is a wickedly entertaining and yet sad read.
Hildy Good is a middle-aged outspoken New England Realtor who is top of her game or so she thinks but is hiding her alcoholism from her family, her town and herself. I loved the depiction of small town life and the relationships formed and bro ...more
Hildy, the narrator, is a ball of fun. She is in complete denial about her alcoholism but her voice is so fresh and light that we kind of go into denial with her. That’s what mak ...more
As we age and life changes on us, we adapt...sometimes we do it well and excel in some areas....but sometimes ...more
Hildy Good is 60 years old, an alcoholic, luxury home real estate ...more
Hildy Good, the story's protagonist, is a woman with her fair share of baggage. She's 60, divorced, one of her descendants was hung during the famous Salem Witch Trials, and she is just out of rehab - pressured by her daughters to spend some time there to help her with her alcohol related issues. She is also well known in her in her tight-knit coastal community on Boston's North Shore. She's also a top-notch realtor in the area and, she claims that her instincts about people come from her years ...more
Hildy has issues and as you read you will become aware of them and of the iss ...more
I would give it a 10 out of 5 if that was possible.
Wow, oh, wow!! This latest book, The Good House, by Ann Leary hooks you in the first few pages. You don't even know you are getting pulled in until you look at the clock or the page you are on. If you start early, it can be a one sitting book, but that does not mean it is fluffy. By no means fluffy. I wanted to finish it but I did not want it to end. This is the first Leary novel I have read, so now I will have to go search out the others ...more
Hildy Good, a 60 year-old divorced alcoholic real estate agent, with two grown daughters, prides herself in being a lifelong townie in a the small town, Wendover, located in Boston's posh North Shore.
While the setting was appealing and the situation of being a "normal" person amid so much wealth gave Hildy an edge, the book dove into soap opera dra ...more
My only complaint is that the book ended. I could have easily spent another ...more
Hildy is a 60ish year old successful realtor in a very small New England town where she has lived her whole life and knows everything about everyone. She's also extremely sarcastic, delightfully witty, and a recovering a ...more
Loved the humor at the beginning, but the humor turned dark and then it ducked into the overkill zone. I really feel I got a good glimpse into the mind of an alcoholic ...more
How can you prove you're not an alcoholic?
It's like trying to prove you're not a witch.
Hildy Good is a townie. A lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore, she knows pretty much everything about everyone. Hildy is a descendant of one of the witches hung in nearby Salem, and is believed, by some, to have inherited psychic gifts. Not true, of course; she’s just good at reading people. Hildy is good at lots of things. A successful real-esta
"My first name is Hilda, which my children have always told me sounds like a witch's name, but I'm called Hildy. I live alone; my daughters are grown up and my husband is no longer my husband. I talk to animals..some people think I have powers of intuition, psychic powers, which I don't. I just know a few tricks...I tend to know everyone's business...[and] I'm the top real-estate agent in a town whose main industries are antiques and real estate." p5
This is how our narrator, fifty nine year old ...more
Readers will be taken into the land of real estate to some degree (I assume this is why the book was named THE GOOD HOUSE, though I had a hard t ...more
I learned a lot about what its like for recovering alcoho ...more
THE GOOD HOUSE by Ann Leary packs both wisdom and laughs plus a few tears into its 292 delightful pages.
Hildy Good narrates her own story. Like most of us, she tends to gloss over her faults and find something else to talk about. With this unreliable narrator at the helm, we are soon hanging on her every word. We know she's either leaving something out or stretching the truth.
Hildy is in her sixties. She reminds everyone, frequently, that she is ...more
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