Author(s): 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...
Hildy Good is hiding a secret from her town, her family - and even herself. A funny, poignant and revealing novel that's become a word of mouth smash-hit in the US.
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
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.