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Ann Leary

Autor(a) de The Good House

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About the Author

Ann Leary is a cohost of the NPR weekly radio show Hash Hags. She has written fiction and nonfiction for numerous magazines and literary publications. Her books include the memoir An Innocent, A Broad and two novels: Outtakes from a Marriage and The Good House. (Bowker Author Biography)
Image credit: Ann Leary [Photo by Scott M. Lacey]

Obras por Ann Leary

The Good House (2013) 807 exemplares
The Children (2016) 280 exemplares
The Foundling (2022) 250 exemplares
Outtakes from a Marriage (2008) 124 exemplares
An Innocent, a Broad (2004) 122 exemplares
Special Delivery (2005) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Ploughshares Winter 2011-2012 (2011) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction 79 — Autor — 2 exemplares

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female
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USA

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Hildy Good is a realtor in a small coastal Massachusetts town, where she has lived her entire life. As the narrator of this story she provides insights into the lives of the residents of the town, while having very little insights into her own life. Recently home from 28 days in residential treatment for alcohol abuse after an intervention by her adult daughters, she is in denial and slowly resumes drinking.

Part of the motivation for Hildy knowing everyone else's business is that it gives her an advantage in the local real estate market when people's lives begin to fall apart and homes go up for sale.

Woven into the story is a wealthy young mother, Rebecca, a client of Hildy and new to the small town. And the psychiatrist, Peter, who rents office space in Hildy's building and whom Hildy has known all of her life.

The story is a pretty accurate depiction of progressive alcoholism in a high functioning alcoholic.
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tangledthread | 65 outras críticas | Feb 18, 2024 |
Not really a suspense, although the cover makes it seem gothic, but this historical fiction novel is definitely fascinating and keeps the pages turning.
 
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bookwyrmm | 18 outras críticas | Feb 1, 2024 |
The author of this book can’t have many nice things to say about the American Dream and how it was constructed for anybody but whites in a society of conformity and obedience at the turn of the 20th century.

In this story a young woman comes of age to discover that her benefactors operate a grizzly factory for exploiting female labour for “the public good.” It is based on the very real history of asylums for non-conforming women, women considered “feebleminded” by eugenicists and sanctioned by male-dominated institutions.

At a time when the first fruit of economic success, suburban growth, public health, and scientific breakthroughs were easing the difficult life of women, America found a way to punish the non-conformists.

Unlike the native populations they had wiped out, unlike the blacks they chained to ignorance and poverty, and unlike the immigrants who fed the belching factories of Pittsburgh and mines of the west, women were given the vote and in this interpretation, a Pyrrhic victory.

Many women who didn’t conform were sent to institutions catering to theories of white supremacy, essentially eugenics labs for the unfortunate.

This story indicts white society as complicit in Jim Crow, in the tyranny of men over women’s lives, and of long discredited scientific principles.

This story really is about a terrible chapter in American medicine, but in the context of the time, not a terribly unique one for the American experiment.

It is worth remembering that the same as the events in this story, Southern legislators were finding ways to entrap black youth in a prison system to benefit white businesses.

This was America at the frontier.

Worse still, and although it us not part of this story, there is plenty of evidence to believe that Germany’s Nazis used American methods as a template for their own racial purification campaigns.
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MylesKesten | 18 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
I love discovering new-to-me authors and that’s exactly what happened when I decided to read The Good House by Ann Leary. This book has been patiently waiting in my Libby app wishlist for so long I can’t remember how it got on my radar. Sometimes the amount of books waiting to be read on my bookshelves and devices can be overwhelming. In this instance, I let the universe decide my next audiobook by picking a random number, and the universe was extremely gracious to me with this book!

The Good House is set in a small community outside of Boston. Hildy Good is a well-respected, successful real estate agent who knows everyone and what’s happening in town. She’s divorced with two adult daughters, and one grandson. Her daughters organized an intervention because they perceived Hildy as drinking too much. We meet Hildy upon her return from rehab.

Hildy maintains a busy schedule with her business, babysitting her grandson weekly, and spending time with her two dogs. For the most part, her evenings are a bit lonely and being completely abstinent from alcohol isn’t that interesting for Hildy. She sells a house to a couple new to the area and becomes friends with the young wife, Rebecca. The two ladies begin spending time together sharing secrets and a little wine.

Commonly, addiction is progressive, and Hildy’s alcohol use isn’t the only thing in this community that escalates out of control. Many members of this community become apart of the story with their secrets and life struggles.

I was hooked on this story from the very beginning! Ann Leary’s writing is engaging and fascinating. She made me fall in love with her cast of characters, despite their flaws. The description of this book includes the phrase, “darkly comic,” which is perfectly accurate. There is a lot of humor in this story, along with some very seriously frightening, painful moments. As much as I didn’t want the story to end, the conclusion was beautiful.

As I previously mentioned, I borrowed the audiobook from my local library with the Libby app. The story is told from the perspective of Hildy Good and narration by actress Mary Beth Hurt was absolutely perfect!

The Good House has been made into a movie staring Sigourney Weaver as Hildy Good and Kevin Kline as Frank Getchell, Hildy’s love interest. I’ve included the trailer below for your convenience. (Please see the link below for my blog.) The movie looks fantastic! (I’m off to watch it now! 😁) And the story line appears to follow the book quite closely, so it gives you an idea of the treat you are in for when you read the book.

I have photos, videos, and additional information that I'm unable to include here. It can all be found on my blog, in the link below.
A Book And A Dog
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NatalieRiley | 65 outras críticas | Dec 2, 2023 |

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