The Best Kind of People
|The Best Kind of People
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?
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