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There were several places where I laughed out loud at Hildy; one such moment was getting into a boat with her lover where she tried desperately to look as nimble as a 20 year old!
Ann Leary clearly understands her subject and although this was the first book I have read by this author, I will definitely be reading more.
I am always a little wary with books set in America and am never sure how well they will translate being in the UK. I did not feel it mattered at all with this book it could happen anywhere and I don't think I lost any of the story not being American.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the likes of Jodi Picoult as it is very similar in style and story.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely read others from the author.
Hildy considers herself a MENTALIST of sorts when she says, "I can walk through a house once and know more about its occupants than a psychiatrist could after a year of sessions". "Alcoholics, hoarders, binge eaters, addicts, sexual deviants, philanderers, depressives -- you name it, I can see it all in the worn edges of their nests." Hildy doesn't seem to realize that she is viewing the town and its inhabitants through an alcohol soaked perspective, so the accuracy of her observations regarding her friends and neighbors is questionable. Couple that with the frequent blackouts and memory lapses she suffers after belting down a few (bottles that is) and is it any wonder the reader would question Hildy's insights.
While alcoholism is the firm anchor that grounds the book, it is Hildy's relationship and interaction with the supporting cast that really imbues the story with an underlying uncertainty that drives the plot.Read more ›
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A study in denial
I loved this book, which I first listened to on Audible, read brilliantly by Beth Hurt. Read more
Great relatable characters and a good account of functional alcoholism, where a woman appears to be managing her life just fine.Published 16 months ago by NORA ROONEY
I had no idea if Hildy was an alcoholic or not. She was so much in denial and kept saying it was nothing. Read morePublished on 22 July 2014 by Blodeuedd
So readable it just draws you in with characters you want to know and descriptions of places you feel part of. Couldn't put it down for long!Published on 1 Jun. 2014 by Adelle
Enjoyed the character of Hildy her frank humor & candid outlook at her life.
Glad she found inner peace towards the book end.
found this book quite good as some one who has had to deal with alcoholism in the family it put a new insight in to it . Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by skh
A very readable book. Many insights into peoples private lives. Will check out this author again and recommend it to friends.Published on 14 Jan. 2014 by Pam Bygrave
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