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February 24, 2014

The Good House By Ann Leary…..More Than Just An Entertaining Audio Book!

Filed under: Audio books,Book Recomendations,The Good House — susanbright @ 9:10 pm
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the gooid housI can’t help it. I am a multi-tasker. It is a curse. I have a difficult time doing one thing at a time. The invention of the play away was designed just for people like me. It makes it possible to “read” a book while doing necessary everyday tasks, and sometimes with a good audio book, like The Good House, I find myself looking for things to do around the house just so I have an excuse to keep “reading”.

Hildy Good is a successful small town realtor. In fact she is one of the most successful business woman in Wendover, Massachusetts, a town she has lived in her entire life. Hildy knows how to read people. “Alcoholics, hoarders, binge eaters……”. One look at their house tells her all she needs to know. “I can walk through a house once and know more about its occupants than a psychiatrist after a year of sessions”, she boasts.

Unfortunately, Hildy is also an alcoholic.  So she likes a drink once in a while? She never drinks before 5 and most nights only has a few glasses of wine. In fact, she actually drives better when she is drunk and as for that DWI, she barely tapped the car. So she had misjudged the distance? Could happen to anyone. Yes, Hildy has an answer for everything. She is clearly in denial. Even after an intervention (an inquisition according to Hildy) orchestrated by her daughters and a 28 day program in Minnesota, Hildy reverts  back to her old habits. Afterall, “Is a blackout really a blackout if no one is there to see it?”

Hildy Good is an “old Townie” and knows all of the colorful residents of Wendover, There is Rebecca McAllister, the young pretty girl married to one of the riches men in new England. It was Hildy that sold the McAllister’s their multi million dollar house. Hildy could tell that Rebecca was depressed just by the type of flowers she planted in front of the house.  Peter Newbold, the local shrink has an office right above Hildy’s and she has known him from the time he was a little boy, and Frank Getchell, a local contractor and Hildy go way back. They have a history.  Everyone in town has secrets and Hildy is good at keeping them, but how long can she keep her drinking a secret and her life from unraveling?

The Good House is more than just a quick, entertaining novel. It also is an insightful look into the world of an alcoholic, written by someone who knows what they are talking about. The author, Ann Leary is a recovering alcoholic.

“The challenge for me as the writer was to write a book, in the first person, from the point of view of an alcoholic in complete denial,” says Leary.

Interview with Ann Leary, author of the novel, “The Good House”

The Good House: A Novel: Ann Leary: 9781250043030: Amazon 



  1. Sounds excellent. I am a audio book addict.

    Comment by Geri — February 24, 2014 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  2. I listened to this one also. Loved it and found myself laughing out loud at some of Hildie’s comments

    Comment by Betty Jo — February 24, 2014 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

    • Hi Betty Jo. Mary Beth Hurt did a wonderful job narrating this book. I think that may have been a big part of why I enjoyed it so much. The person reading the audio book can really influence the entire experience.

      Comment by Susanbright — February 25, 2014 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  3. Ah, no wonder Leary was able to write Hildy so well!

    Comment by BermudaOnion — February 26, 2014 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

    • Yes, Leary obviously knew what she was talking about. Hildy was a very believable character.

      Comment by Susanbright — February 28, 2014 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  4. I read The Good House in two days. I enjoyed it so much that I did not want to finish it, 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — February 28, 2014 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

    • Hi Lisa, I too found The Good House to be a quick entertaining read. Just what I like in an audio book!

      Comment by Susanbright — February 28, 2014 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

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