The Good House by Ann Leary
Hildy Good is the premier real estate agent in the small New England town of Westover. At least she was. Until she lost her protégée to Sotheby’s after the inquisition…intervention…that her daughters arranged. Living in a house she can’t afford unless she gets some choice listings Hildy is under a little stress. But she knows everything and everyone in her small town and knows that she can use her knowledge to her advantage.
I recommend this book on audio. The reader has a great “let’s sit down and talk” type of voice. I couldn’t stop listening! Even though the main character has a myriad of faults you can’t help liking her and wanting her to get herself together. She just seemed so real. Getting the point of view of an alcoholic in extreme denial (and getting in her head to hear all her justifications for her own actions) was eye opening.
This story really gets to the underbelly of this idyllic small town showing that nowhere is a perfect as it may appear.