House of Anansi Press

The Best Kind of People

Written by Zoe Whittall

Published August 27, 2016 | ISBN 9781770899438
FICTION / Literary

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

356 pages | 8.00 in × 5.25 in
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About this book

The Best Kind of People

Zoe Whittall

National Bestseller

2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist

National Post 99 Best Books of the Year

Indigo Best Book of the Year

Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2016

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?

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.

About the Author

Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is one of Canada's most highly acclaimed young writers. She lives in Toronto. Visit Zoe Whittall's blog: http://zoewhittall.blogspot.com/ Follow Zoe Whittall on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/zoewhittall

Awards and Praise
Heartbreaking and complex, The Best Kind of People offers no easy answers. This is a masterly exploration of the damage an entire community incurs when the secret at the heart of its most perfect family detonates.
  • Short-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2016