Wednesday 4 April 2018

The Good House by Ann Leary

From Goodreads: "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 Hildy enjoy a drink now and then?"

But how do you prove you're not an alcoholic if you are still going to enjoy drinking?

There are many funny moments in Hildy's tragic-tale life. She narrates it (Well, it's Mary Beth Hurt on Audible - and she does a great job.) It's full of dysfunction - from friends to new boyfriends, to neighbours, to children.

It was enjoyable, but I don't think Hildy was a good choice to tell the story in the first person. It made the story awkward at times, and irritating at others.

Lots of relatable moments, and the writing style was full of pure pleasure. Worth a try, and if Meryl Streep is Hildy in the movie, I'll see that too.

3 stars


You may also enjoy Nora Ephron's Heartburn or Ann Lamott's Blue Shoe, or even Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

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