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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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356 pages | 8.00 in × 5.25 in
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About this book

The Best Kind of People

Zoe Whittall

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.

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
The Best Kind of People examines the effects of rape culture on an entire community with rare nuance and insight. Every character is fully rounded, flawed, and achingly human. It puts me in mind of a twenty-first-century Ordinary People — which, for the record, is one of my favourite novels.
  • Short-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2016