A riveting novel in which an engaging and wildly irreverent woman is in complete denialabout herself, her drinking, and......more
A riveting novel in which an engaging and wildly irreverent woman is in complete denialabout herself, her drinking, and her love for a man shes known all her life
Ann Leary's The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Bostons North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. Shes also a raging alcoholic. Hildys family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes placeif they invite you over for dinner, and its not a major holiday, she advises run for your lifeand 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 wasnt 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. Theres a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desireand 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.
ANN LEARY has published two previous books, An Innocent, A Broad and Outtakes from a Marriage, as well as short fiction and journalism in Ploughshares among others. She is also the co-host of the weekly NPR radio show Hash Hags. Ms. Leary lives in Roxbury, CT with four dogs, three horses, and her husband, the actor, Denis Leary.
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