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The Good House: A Novel de Ann Leary
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The Good House: A Novel (edição: 2013)

de Ann Leary (Autor)

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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"--… (mais)
Membro:MarkWeiner
Título:The Good House: A Novel
Autores:Ann Leary (Autor)
Informação:Picador (2013), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Coleções:Audible, Sua biblioteca
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Good audiobook. ( )
  Aud2021 | Jul 10, 2021 |
rabck from Hanrahan-Siudy; The "good" in the title refers to the last name of the realtor & she's descended from the witches. Now in her 60's and a closet alcoholic, where does she go from here? ( )
  nancynova | May 25, 2021 |
I'd really be curious to see if the people who listened to the audio book of this novel would continue to give it such a high rating if they had just read the book. From glowing reviews for the audio book, it seems the narrator dictated the experience of the book for those who listened. Dare I say, she improved a rather mediocre book. One reviewer called the main character, Hildy, endearing. I had to laugh out loud...endearing..okay. She was odious, delusional, and sad. She made me grateful I never had any relationship with an alcoholic. Her personality, hmm, not so appealing the few times she was sober either: know-it-all, nosey, catty, self-absorbed, braggart. By the way, the constant rationalizations and denials to herself and others about how much she was drinking became so tedious.
Problems with the plot: At one point, you think oh, these drinking blackouts are going to get her in a heap of trouble. Without giving away anything, the author could have made so many more interesting choices with the plot. More interesting choices concerning crazy Rebecca and Peter. If I had to put up with Hildy, at least make the storyline go somewhere. Several times the author alluded to some major plot climax. Then, what I suspected might happen was much more interesting than what actually ended up happening. Poof--fizzle. Huh, that's it?....okay. Resolution, not so satisfying.
My main reason for giving the novel two stars as opposed to one was because I kind of liked the character Frank Getchell, Mr Fix-It, the Trash man/plow man. He really deserved better than Hildy. I enjoyed the scene, probably too much, when he yanked Hildy's hair in frustration. Goodreads! I'm really at the point when I read glowing reviews on here I'm skeptical, but mostly, doubting whether I am on anyone else's wavelength at all. On a side note, the library put a HUMOR sticker on the spine of this book, maybe they listened to the audio book. ( )
  AnnieMK | May 12, 2021 |
I thought that this novel by Ann Leary showed great promise at the beginning but ultimately in the end still had some issues that need to be tightened up a bit.

We have the main protagonist of this novel, Hildy Good, who was born and raised in a small town near Boston. Hildy we find is a recovering alcoholic (though not really according to her)who is still recovering from her divorce from her husband and dealing with the recent downturn of her real estate business. Hildy jumps around in the storyline a lot which you can understand a bit better at the end when you see why the storyline at times may have been hazy or very clear. It is a bit problematic though if you are trying to follow along with what is going on.

The storyline floats between Hildy and a recent addition to the town, Rebecca McCallister. Rebecca and her family have bought a million dollar home and farm and their lives start intertwining with other residents in the town. The reader does not ever get to get inside Rebecca's head at all but we merely get our opinions about Rebecca from Hildy. In fact you as a reader have to solely rely on Hildy to give you the "truth" of any given situation so until the end of the novel you realize that it may not have been the best way to structure the novel. I wish we had the novel told from two points of views, Hildy's and Rebecca's just so we could see which version was more accurate or would we have discovered that something in between was more accurate.

I think there were several issues with the novel that caused me to lower it by two stars.

The first issue was that at times Hildy would relate a story about some resident in town when it often was not necessary to what we are reading. So oftentimes stories meandered along and you wondered if this needed to be known later on or was it just a story being told for the sake of being told.

The second issue is that Hildy as a character was not appealing at all. When you get to see her layers pulled back you ultimately get a look at a selfish and totally delusional person. Some of the things she did in the novel just made her off putting to me. Besides Hildy being off putting so was the character of Rebecca. So in the end I rooted for neither character and just felt dissatisfied at the ending.

The third issue is an issue I am having with several new novels lately. If the book description to the novel really does not match what the storyline is about then I get irritated that I wasted my time reading and buying a novel that if I had known what it was about I would have skipped past.

I still think that Ann Leary writes very well and when she gets into a groove at certain parts in the novel I was totally enthralled. I think if some things had been edited and perhaps we get to see more into Rebecca's head it would have made the novel more balanced for me. I would still recommend reading if you are looking for a novel to pass the time with.

Please note that I received this novel for free via the Amazon Vine Program. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Ann Leary, the author of "The Good House", is spot-on in her description of alcoholism and its effects on the drinker and those around them. If you have ever loved an alcoholic, or ever known one as a friend or coworker, then you will recognize much truth in the author's storytelling. Even more striking for me, I actually have "known" the characters in this book, except that my people live in a small town in the mountains of VA, not a small seaside community on the coast of MA. The narrator of "The Good House" is Hildy Good, a top-notch realtor entering her sixties with a drinking problem intertwined with the requisite personal issues accumulated through decades of denial. After a stint in rehab, Hildy feels she has a grip on her problem--she just needs to control her alcohol consumption, not give it up. When a beautiful young woman, Rebecca, and her family move to Hildy's community, Hildy finds an unexpected friend. Hildy can trace her ancestry back to the Massachusetts of the 1600s, where one of her ancestors was tried and hanged as a witch. Hildy can "read" people due to her astute powers of observation and her many years of dealing with the public and their idiosyncrasies. She lets people think that she can read minds because it amuses her and suits her purposes. She just can't get her own mind to accept the fact that she must give up alcohol, and in true alcoholic tradition, she blurs reality in her thoughts to excuse and erase her own actions. Her marriage ended because her husband was gay, and her relationships with her grown children are anything but smooth. Then there's Frank--her old flame and lifelong friend--who wants more than friendship from Hildy. When local scandals leave no one untouched, Hildy finds out just how connected she is the people in her community, and it's time for her to choose her future path. Will she force herself to face her alcohol addiction? Is there a second chance for happiness for Hildy and Frank? Author Ann Leary will have you rooting for her perfectly imperfect heroine to find her way out of the bottle and sail toward a clear horizon.

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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"--

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