The Good House

The Good House

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How can you prove you're not an alcoholic?

You can't.

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-estate broker, mother and grandmother, her days are full. But her nights have become lonely ever sinceher daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab. Now she's in recovery--more or less.

Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy needs a friend. She finds one in Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of the town's wealthy newcomers. Rebecca feels out-of-step in her new surroundings and is grateful for the friendship. And Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with some harmless gossip, and a bottle of wine by the fire--just one of their secrets.

But not everyone takes to Rebecca, who is herself the subject of town gossip. When Frank Getchell, an eccentric local who shares a complicated history with Hildy, tries to warn her away from Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend from a potential scandal. Soon, however, Hildy is busy trying to cover her own tracks and protect her reputation. When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.

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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781250015549
1250015545
Characteristics: 292 p.

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SCL_Tricia Apr 12, 2017

The main character Hildy Good is a top Realtor, and also an alcoholic. We get to see the inner workings of her full blown denial of this disease. Toward the end of the book I was ripping through the pages as it darn near became a thriller. I just couldn't put it down.

asbookchick Jul 10, 2015

Really enjoyed this book! Hildy Good is flawed, yet very likeable and extremely funny.

samdog123 Sep 17, 2014

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.

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oama
Jul 30, 2014

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!

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Janet4426
Jan 30, 2014

Not my favorite, weird ending.

JCLSarahA Dec 14, 2013

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.

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hmark33
Dec 08, 2013

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.

Lilylove 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.

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.

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amgriffin
Jun 07, 2013

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

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