The Good House by Ann Leary
narrated by Mary Beth Hurt
Method of consumption: Audiobook
Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Audio Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
At the heart of this beautiful tale is the heartbreaking story of Hildy Good’s struggle with the alcoholism she doesn’t believe she has, and how it affects those closest to her. And yet, this small-town story is about so much more.
I hesitate to recap this one and risk giving away the elements you will enjoy discovering on your own, so I’ll say no more about the story itself. But if you’re wondering whether to read this one, or listen to it on audio, do yourself a favor and download the audiobook. Mary Beth Hurt’s performance is so perfect, she encapsulates the characters better than I possibly could have done with the voices in my head.
If you enjoyed Richard Russo’s Empire Falls or Nobody’s Fool, then I highly recommend this novel. If you love books about small towns with flawed characters, this is the book for you. And if you’re into unreliable narrators you can still root for, read this!
I will certainly be checking out a few of Ann Leary’s other works from the library soon!
“Drunkalogue”: referring to the story one tells about one’s alcoholism in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting