The Good House

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Drunk Dialing and Driving

I read The Good House in a day.  Here is the first sentence:  “I can walk through a house once and know more about its occupants than a psychiatrist could after a year of sessions.”   Loved the lead!  Liked the book.

The novel recounts the travails of Hildy Good, a successful realtor in an affluent North Shore Boston suburb.  Hildy is a townie, and the novel deftly explores what it’s like to live in a town overrun by wealthy newcomers seeking “authenticity.”  Having grown up in this kind of town, I can relate.

But the main theme of the book is alcoholism.  Hildy is recently out of rehab, which she grudgingly went to after an intervention from her family.  Have I mentioned that this book is funny?  A funny book about alcoholism which poignantly relates the collateral damage of the disease is no easy feat.

The book is worth reading because of the character of Hildy.  The plot, which has to do with an implausible friendship between Hildy and a young Mom new to the town, is OK.  But it doesn’t matter.  Hildy is a wonderful character, and well worth getting to know.

Rating:  *** (out of ****)


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