The Good Life

The Good Life Review

Between workouts, charity events, and shopping, Ann Barons keeps her days as full as her walk-in closets. She shares an immaculate house with her CEO husband, Mike, and their two teenagers, Nate and Lauren. It’s a luxurious life, far from her homespun childhood on a farm in eastern Pennsylvania…which is why Ann is wary when her elderly parents ask to move in temporarily.
Ann prepares in the way she knows best—hiring decorators and employing a full-time nurse for her dementia-stricken father. But nothing can prepare her for the transformations ahead. Soon, her mother Eileen is popping in to prepare soups and roasts in Ann’s underused kitchen, while the usually surly Nate forms an alliance with his ailing grandfather. Lauren blossoms under Eileen’s guidance, and even workaholic Mike finds time to attend high-school football games. But it’s Ann who must make the biggest leap, and confront the choices and values that have kept her floating on life’s surface for so long.

Timely, poignant, and wise, The Good Life is a deeply satisfying and beautifully written story about the complex relationships between parents and children—and the gap that often lies between what we seek, and what will truly make us whole.

Title:The Good Life
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Aditi

    An Albanian born, American author, Besa Kosova has quoted about money as:“Money can't buy happiness, but it certainly is a stress reliever.” Certainly for 40-something, Ann Barons, "money" was a s...

  • Virginia

    The book was interesting and drew you into the characters but... I don't think I was left wanting more. To me it did not seem to go far enough with Ann. I just really did not get this character nor di...

  • Alisha Kennedy

    Sometimes it takes a little love, patience, and compassion to have someone realize life is not all about money....

  • Sam

    This is a story about Ann Barons who is married to a very successful CEO, has 2 teenagers and more money than she knows what to do with. When her mother calls one day and tells Ann that she needs help...

  • Kmt1944

    Really??? Main character remains selfish and self-centered with no redeeming traits. Strange ending....

  • Victoria Corliss & Leigh Brown

    I found some of the characters in this story difficult to like, but that is talent of Susan's writing: her people are sometimes flawed, sometimes great, sometimes likable, sometimes not, but ultimatel...

  • Ann Rusk

    I read this book on a recommendation, while I found it interesting with the subplot of parents moving in to live with their only child, the daughter was appalling ! I kept hoping she would get a clue ...

  • Tanya

    I don't usually read these kinds of books; I'm more into fantasy & paranormal. However, this book captured my attention from the start. The main character, Anne, is a really unlikable person. The more...

  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)

    HeartwarmingA story of a family that had to reconnect and who else better suited to do this but ...... A Grandmother. Mike and Ann. Very well off lived with their children Nate and Lauren. Everyone se...

  • Ann Haefele

    Thought provoking read,but felt unsatisfied with the ending. The main character was very self absorbed and unlikeable, but I had hoped she would have some redeeming qualities by the end. Her issues se...