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The Good House by Ann Leary
  

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Ann Leary has created an incredible character in Hildy Good. Very human and very believable, the fine line she believes she’s treading between enjoying a drink and having a problem and the lies or truths we tell ourselves are exquisitely explored. Far more real than any novel deserves to be.

If you like Ann Leary you might also like to read books by Liane Moriaty, Marian Keyes and Jodi Picoult.

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The Good House by Ann Leary

Ann Leary's The Good House creates a one-of-a-kind character in Hildy Good...By the end you'll be flipping pages, trying desperately to piece together what happened as much as the narrator is doing herself. --Jodi Picoult Hildy Good has reached that dangerous time in a woman's life - middle-aged and divorced, she is an oddity in her small but privileged town. But Hildy isn't one for self-pity and instead meets the world with a wry smile, a dark wit and a glass or two of Pinot Noir. When her two earnest grown-up children stage an 'intervention' and pack Hildy off to an addiction centre, she thinks all this fuss is ridiculous. After all, why shouldn't she enjoy a drink now and then? But we start to see another side to Hildy Good, and to her life's greatest passion. Soon, a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, with devastating consequences...

Reviews

Leary writes with humour and insight, revealing both the pure pleasure of drinking and the lies and justifications of alcoholism... The result is a layered and complex portrait of a woman struggling with addiction, in a town where no secret stays secret for long. --J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times Book Review

So alive, I swear the pages of this wickedly funny and moving novel are breathing. --Caroline Leavitt

Fresh, sharp and masterfully told, Hildy's tale is as intoxicating as it is sobering. --People Magazine

One of the best works of Massachusetts fiction in recent memory. --Boston Magazine


About the Author

Ann Leary is the author of the memoir An Innocent, A Broad and the novel Outtakes From a Marriage. She has written fiction and non-fiction for various magazines and literary publications. She and her family share their small farm in Connecticut with four dogs, three horses and an angry cat named Sneakers.

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Publication date

3rd July 2014

Author

Ann Leary

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Author's Website

annleary.com/
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Publisher

Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781782393221

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