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Ann Leary's The Good House creates a one-of-a-kind character in Hildy Good, and gives us a raw, first-person glimpse into the mind of a middle-aged, outspoken wry New England realtor so real she might be someone you know. yet who also is hiding her alcoholism from her family, her town, and herself. Leary's genius is to give us a true original: Hildy, a not-so-recovering alcoholic/realtor who crashlands among a colorful cast of New England neighbors, but Leary also says a great deal about the houses we choose to live, the people we're compelled to love, and the addictions we don't want to give up.

I can walk through a house once and know more about its occupants than a psychiatrist could after a year of sessions. I remember joking about this one evening with Peter Newbold, the shrink who rents the office upstairs from mine. The next time you get a new patient, I offered, I’ll sneak to their house for a walk-through. While you jot down notes about their history, dreams, whatever, I’ll shine a flashlight into the attic, open a few cupboards, and have a peek at the bedrooms. Later, when we compare notes, I’ll have the clearer picture of the person’s mental health, guaranteed.

THE GOOD HOUSE, by Ann Leary is funny, poignant, and terrifying. A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little town, this spirited novel will stay with you long after the story has ended. 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 Vollständige Rezension lesen.

Ann Leary is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Good House, as well as the novel, Outtakes From a Marriage, and the memoir, An Innocent, A Broad. The Good House is currently in development for a feature film produced by Tribeca Productions and FilmNation. Her new novel, The Children, will be published in May of 2016.

Leary, Ann. It was a Wednesday night and I had a closing the next morning. A new-construction home in Gloucester with water views that sold for just under a million. This time the purchasers were. mine and it was Wendy’s listing. It was a rainy evening and I was going through all the paperwork for the next morning. I was also finishing off a nice bottle of Pinot Noir that I had grabbed from the MG when I arrived home. I try to make it a point to not drink the whole bottle, but if I don’t finish it, I have to go back and lock the partially drunk bottle in the trunk of the MG.

THE GOOD HOUSE, by Ann Leary is funny, poignant, and terrifying. Les. udie Award Finalist. Connect with the author.

In Ann Leary’s novel, an alcoholic real estate agent pretends to be sober, with disastrous . But the book’s real strength lies in its evocation of Hildy’s inner world

In Ann Leary’s novel, an alcoholic real estate agent pretends to be sober, with disastrous consequences. Hildy Good, the 60-year-old heroine of Ann Leary’s entertaining and resonant second novel, has lived in Wendover all her life. The fictional town on Boston’s North Shore is an idyllic place, full of horse farms, rocky beaches and 100-year-old houses. Longtime residents have names like Barkie Stead and Sleepy Haskell. Hildy has been the town’s most successful real estate agent for decades. But the book’s real strength lies in its evocation of Hildy’s inner world. Almost two years after her daughters intervened and sent her to rehab, Hildy has been pretending to be sober.

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. We’re dedicated to reader privacy so we never track you.

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What a spectacular story, told by the protagonist, Hildy Good. I admit to my admiration of Ann Leary, and with The Good House, she superseded my expectations. I was drawn immediately into the story that takes place in a small New England coastal town. The town and its residents popped off the pages at me because they are perfectly captured. It saddens me that these tiny hamlets and year-round townies have been invaded with developers and their McMansions. Some houses sell for millions and are torn down. As has occurred in many waterfront communities, the townies will be priced out of the market. But I digress!

Hildy Good, a divorced mother of two adult daughters, is a successful self-employed realtor. Thus far, she has no competition, but the corporate realtors are beginning to make themselves known. This is the least of Hildy's problems. At the outset of the story, she has just returned from a stint in a well-known rehab facility. Hildy's daughters and other family members had caught her off-guard with an intervention for her alcohol dependency, and before she caught her breath, she found herself in Minnesota for a month.

For anyone who lives with or is a good friend to an alcoholic, this book, although fiction, should be required reading. The denial in the face of hard evidence, secreting an alcohol stash, carefully monitoring the intake of liquor of guests at a party, going to bed and waking up thinking of alcohol and insisting that wine is not alcohol each brought back memories of a family member whose rehab was unsuccessful. Like Hildy, my family member thought he had everyone fooled. A difficult struggle is accurately described in The Good House. And, as in the book, some of my memories are hilarious!

I loved this book and its characters. Memories of many wonderful days spent lying on a favorite New England beach with nothing to do but eat, drink, read and swim cannot be matched. Ann Leary has the remarkable ability to pull me right into her stories. I highly recommend The Good House to everyone who appreciates a well-written yarn.
I love this book and I love Ann Leary for writing it. Not that I'm an expert, but I personally have never read anything that captures an alcoholic's thought processes so accurately and with such warmth and love for her character. The story is funny but has some sad parts, it's about the real estate business but has romance. I don't want to give the impression that it's a book about alcoholism in the tradition of "The Lost Weekend". It is about a 60 year old woman and her perceptions of herself, her adult children, her town and all the people in it, her current work and her memories of growing up in an old New England town. But that makes it sound boring and that is the last thing it is. I was captivated within the first 5 pages and very sorry when it ended - although it was wrapped up nicely.
It surprises me that "The Good House" didn't make a bigger splash when it came out. I hope that it will be one of those books whose reputation grows through word of mouth. I, for one, can't recommend it strongly enough.
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I know that is not the desired effect of the book, but it's a testament to what a great writer Ann Leary is (I read this without any idea she was married to the actor, fwiw). Hildy Good narrates this story, and in some respects it's about her and in others it's about the McAllisters, to whom she sold the house of the title (though the title could, I suppose refer to one or two others).

This is NOT a book "about" alcoholism-- I wouldn't have been interested to pick it up. But it is a fascinating look into the head of someone with that problem. She's much more than just that, though.

Hildy we come to realize is very persuasive and not altogether a reliable witness about herself, which is fascinating. Although she's spent time in rehab, she is in denial about having a problem with alcohol, and her rapturous descriptions of how wine makes her feel at the end of a day are utterly persuasive. And at first she does seem more relaxed and more fun when she's had a few.

Fascinating atmosphere too-- Hildy is descended from a Salem witch, and the book is set in a small Massachusetts town.Rebecca McAllister, the wealthy woman who buys a large house with her husband, has a touch of magic in her. I kept expecting a little more magic, but there's a spooky feeling throughout.

One part of the book didn't ring true-- SPOILER-- when Rebecca's lover is worried she'll ruin his career if she says they had an affair. In fact, if he wasn't really treating her and the affair began afterwards, it's not an ethics violation. So the tragedy really didn't need to happen. That kind of factual thing usually bugs me much more, but in this case the book really is much more about Hildy.

Despite Hildy's confessional tone, there are lots of ways in which she's not on to herself, and we as the reader understand more than she does. I loved her burgeoning relationship with her high school flame and where that went. Overall I thought everybody was well drawn and observed and would definitely read another book by Ann Leary!
Awash in this soapy melodrama is a sixty-something alcoholic real-estate agent whose settled life in a historic Boston north shore community comes off the track as a result of predictable conflicts and stock characters who do little else but advance the creaky plot and flaunt their eccentricities like a proud but unstable peacock. Leary attempts satire through Hiddy Good's off-again and on-again attempts at sobriety. Good, a distant relative of a witch hung at Salem, is at once a likeable and a detestable character; she elicits sympathy when she possesses enough courage to see herself as a drunk, but she undermines our capacity to care with her non-stop lying and endless self-absorption. This novel never gains traction, unsure as to whether it is social commentary (it is not) or a wry look at the hidden lives of a New England seaport (its supporting characters for too stereotyped for subtlety).
The Good House: A Novel download epub
Women's Fiction
Author: Ann Leary
ISBN: 1250015545
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Women's Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition first Printing edition (January 15, 2013)
Pages: 304 pages