Monday Mini ~ The Good House by Ann Leary

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

I’m not sure where the last month went, but it happened outside of this blog. There’s something about the early darkness of autumn that can steal my motivation. Luckily some seriously good audiobooks have been had while I’ve been off-line and they’ve exited me so much that I am compelled to write about them. The Good House is one such audiobook. If you haven’t already read this novel of addiction and loneliness, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

The Good House by Ann LearyCover of The Good House
St. Martin’s Press ~ January 15, 2013 ~ 304 pages
Macmillan Audio ~ Mary Beth Hurt ~ 10 hours 12 minutes

There is just something about a first person narrator who can see the truth behind other people’s motivations yet fails to see her own self-deception. Hildy Good isn’t quite an unreliable narrator, but the reader must learn how to take and interpret the stories she tells. I had no idea how wrapped up I would become in a story about a small town New England real estate agent with a taste for alcohol. Although I started to feel like Hildy’s neighbors were my neighbors, I could have listened to her gossip and tells stories about perfect strangers all day and not lose interest for a minute. I could also identify with Hildy’s ability to rationalize her behavior and not be able to see the damage shes’s creating in her life. We may not share the same issue, but the way in which people gloss over their demons really only differs by degrees. While there were a couple of places that stood out to me where her narration hit the wrong note to my ear, I loved Mary Beth Hurt’s performance of quirky Hildy and her hometown. If you missed this January 2013 release, put it on your Christmas list. Hildy would raise her glass of sparkling water to that.


  • At 2013.11.18 06:13, Sandy said:

    I adored this audio, and thought Hurt was SUCH a good Hildy. Did you know they are making this into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Robert Deniro? I can’t freaking wait.

    • At 2013.11.18 21:36, Jennifer said:

      They are???!!!!??? That’s a movie I need to see. I can see those two play those parts, too.

    • At 2013.11.18 06:42, Mary said:

      One of my favorite audios of the year. MB Hurt WAS Hildy 🙂

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      • At 2013.11.18 21:36, Jennifer said:

        You are so right. I couldn’t imagine anyone else performing that part.

        • At 2013.11.19 10:32, Beth Hoffman said:

          I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and now I wish I’d listened to the audio. Maybe I will sometime in the future.

          • At 2013.11.19 14:07, Elizabeth said:

            GREAT review. This books sounds so good. THANKS for sharing your thoughts.

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