Oct 19, 2013
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Ann Leary's Novel 'The Good House' to Become Meryl Streep Movie

Ann Leary's Novel 'The Good House'  to Become Meryl Streep Movie

Scott M. Lacey

Ann Leary is on a roll. Since we last talked to her in January—check out our Q&A here—the Roxbury author (and spouse of actor/producer Denis "Rescue Me" Leary) has seen her second novel, The Good House, bolt onto The New York Times' bestsellers list and win high-fives across the mediasphere from "CBS This Morning" to People Magazine.

Now, Good House will be a movie, and not just any movie, but one starring Meryl Streep (as protagonist Hildy Good) and Robert De Niro, co-produced by De Niro's Tribeca Productions, and adapted by Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours. Writes Leary on her blog, "This is just so exciting and yes, I have met Meryl! Yes, she’s beautiful and down-to-earth and smart and funny. And she really 'gets' Hildy."

Meanwhile, Good House came out this month in paperback—a special edition with additional content is available at Target, where it's the October Book Club selection—and Leary is on the book promotion trail again. Tomorrow (Oct. 19), she'll be at the Boston Book Festival, participating in a panel on "Fiction: Domestic Disturbances" with authors Tom Perrotta (Nine Inches), J. Courtney Sullivan (The Engagements) and George Harrar (Reunion at Red Paint Bay). On Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.she'll be back in Connecticut, discussing her book with novelist Lauren Lipton as part of the Litchfield County Writers Project "Writers in Conversation" series, held at Torrington's Warner Theatre. And on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. she'll give a reading and book-signing at the Southbury Public Library.

As if that wasn't enough, she's currently at work on a third novel (reportedly set in Northeastern Connecticut), has taken up the banjo (just call her "Mean Annie"), recently published a killer column on marriage for the NYT, and has maintained her rep as a comic video chronicler of all Leary family animals (below, Gomer the Leonberger). We can't wait to see what's next.

Ann Leary's Novel 'The Good House' to Become Meryl Streep Movie

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