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The Best Kind of People


The Best Kind of People
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The Best Kind of People

Zoe Whittal

ISBN 9781473667051

George Woodbury is a teacher at a prestigious Connecticut private school. He is voted Teacher of the Year every year, after he rescued the school from a gunman attack. On his daughter's 17th birthday this beloved husband and father is arrested for sexual impropriety with teenage girls on a skiing trip. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her.

Their daughter, Sadie, a popular overachieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, a lawyer, assists in his father's defence, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years coming out as gay.

With George awaiting trial, 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?

The Author

Zoe WhittallZoe Whittall is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life, The Emily Valentine Poems, and Precordial Thump and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws. Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts made the Globe and Mail Top 100Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads' Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade.

Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honour Book. Her writing has appeared in the Walrus, the Believer, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Fashion, and more. She has also worked as a writer and story editor on the TV shows Degrassi and Schitt's Creek.

Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.






Reviews, News & Interviews:

Whittal places the reader right at the centre of their pain. It's the best depiction of female suffering I've read since Jane Smiley eloquently tackled sexual abuse in a Thousand Acres. Toronto Star

The Best Kind of People is the best kind of book it’s got a compelling story character readers will recognize and come to love and writing that makes it effortless to turn page after page. Vancouver Sun

An astounding portrait of a character by omission. National Post