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Publisher Description

A finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller, Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People is a stunning tour de force about the unravelling of an all-American family.

George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.

Fiction & Literature
August 27
House of Anansi Press Inc
House of Anansi Inc

Customer Reviews

Mob42 ,

Engrossing and Topical

Whittall does an excellent job of developing her characters and letting them unravel over the course of the novel.

'The Best Kind of People' forces you to check your perspective as the story develops. Each of the characters is going through an emotionally charged period in their lives, and there are similarities between their situations which force you to examine why you feel a certain way about one character, and not the other.

I wish the book would have been longer by 2-3 chapters. It ends suddenly, and as much as I appreciate things being left open to interpretation, a final push in development would have been nice.

JulesANMo ,

Amazing read

Intriguing story. Complex characters during crisis - written beautifully. Sorry to find myself at the end of this book - I would love to know more about each character!

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