The Good House: A Novel

By Ann Leary
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:St. Martin's Press, (1/15/2013)
Language:English



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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 since her 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.

 

 
 

Ceci's thoughts on "The Good House: A Novel"
updated on:4/11/2013

It’s no spoiler that Hildy Good is a not-exactly-recovering alcoholic. Hildy’s story is in the “not exactly” part and her conviction that she can drink only a little bit. I know, I know, I know. This is a classic rationalization. We’ve all seen the after school special, and we all know how it ends. What’s different in this story is, while I knew Hildy was just making excuses, and I knew how it would all end up for her, I also felt the lure of the alcohol and I (almost) believed the rationalizations. Kind of scary to walk in those shoes, but very cool to read a story that can so completely take you out of your own head and into someone else’s.



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Book Junky's thoughts on "The Good House: A Novel"
updated on:2/28/2013

The Good House was GOOD! I was expecting a fun quirky story, and it was delivered. I was not expecting such an interesting exploration of alcoholism… but got it! But those deep thoughts don't really hit you fully until the end. Which I loved, because you really got to get into and enjoy the story and then were filled with thoughts at the end that will lead to some very interesting book club discussions. LOVE IT! What I loved even more was Hildy. She reminded me so much of one of my sexagenarian friends. Not the alcohol part, but the sassy fun loving part. The author really wrote a very believable character in my eyes. The whole time I felt like my friend was just telling me one of her crazy stories. (I love my friend so much that that this fact may be slanting my opinion here. As I felt like I got to spend a lot of time with a good friend.) Good writing, fast read, fun story and one that will make you think and have a great book club discussion. Don't hesitate to pick it for your book club.



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"The Good House: A Novel"
By Ann Leary

Average Rating:
Very Unleashable
4.00 out of 5 (2 Clubie's ratings)


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