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How can you prove you're not an alcoholic?
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.
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This is one of the best fictional depictions of addiction I have ever read, never becoming maudlin...And as for Hildy, she is not always nice. But you will always care about her and at the end of the book you will be glad you made her acquaintance. The book is highly recommended.Read Full Review of The Good House: A Novel | See more reviews from Blog Critics
Point of view aside, humor meets harsh reality in this irreverent look at a non-recovering alcoholic navigating the murky waters of small town Massachusetts.Read Full Review of The Good House: A Novel
...quirky, yet very real elements, make Leary’s novel one that may be slow to jell, but once events begin to snowball, readers will be riveted.Read Full Review of The Good House: A Novel
‘The Good House’ stands on a strong foundation.Read Full Review of The Good House: A Novel
Ann Leary's latest novel The Good House will have you reaching for a big glass of wine...while Leary keeps her own story under wraps she once again delivers a sharply honest narrative.Read Full Review of The Good House: A Novel
Hildy Good, the narrator of Leary's second novel, is a fresh and vulnerable observer as the rich take over the simple traditional world of her New England coastal town.Read Full Review of The Good House: A Novel
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