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The Best Kind of People

byZoe Whittall

Paperback | August 27, 2016

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2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist

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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 is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (2001), The Emily Valentine Poems (2006), and Precordial Thump (2008), and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws (2003). Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads' Top Ten Essential Novels of the De...
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Title:The Best Kind of PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.95 inPublished:August 27, 2016Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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"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." - Lynn Coady author of The Antagonist"With incredibly rare nuance, sensitivity, and insight, Zoe Whittall takes us deep into our contemporary conversation around sexual violence and shines a vital spotlight on the individuals and communities that live in its long shadow. Whittall's undisputed talent as a writer shines, as does her understanding into the complexity of our sympathies, our morality, and our humanity. With The Best Kind of People, Whittall has created an urgent and timely document, one that asks us to reflect on how we can best serve survivors of abuse and best support all of those who exist in its aftermath. With incredible empathy, and undeniable skill, this book is sure to spark much needed dialogue, vital debate, and richly deserved acclaim." - Stacey May Fowles, author of Infidelity"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." - Kate Harding, author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture - and What We Can Do About It"An astounding portrait of a character by omission." - The National Post"Whittall 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." - Patricia Dawn Robertson, The Toronto Star"Toronto author Zoe Whittall's new novel The Best Kind of People is the best kind of book - it's got a compelling story characters readers will recognize and come to love and writing that makes it effortless to turn page after page." - Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun".fast-paced.but never melodramatic." - Shanda Deziel, Maclean's".exquisitely emotional." - Owen Sound Sun Times"Nuanced to the end, Whittall's novel achieves something that's rare in real-life cases of sexual violence. She gives a voice to the ones we never hear from: those who are collateral damage." - Rachel Giese, Chatelaine"The jury found Zoe Whittall's The Best Kind of People urgent and timely, nuanced and brave. This gripping story challenges how we hear women and girls, and dissects the self-hypnosis and fear that prevent us from speaking disruptive truth. With subversive precision and solid veracity, Whittall calls into question pervasive forms of silence and acquiescence." - 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury"The Best Kind of People is all-of-a-piece and well worth the read not only for what it adds to the conversation about accusation and rape, but also for the pleasure it offers to those who like a good story." - Hamilton Review of Books"The Best Kind of People is a story with so many shades of grey that you won't know what to believe but you're guaranteed to feel almost every emotion possible while reading this new novel." - Niagara This Week"Zoe Whittall's novel gets into the hearts and minds of an ordinary family forced to confront the monstrous. There are no heroes and no villains in this world - there are only people grappling with guilt and truth. This novel is a timely discussion of what we owe those who abuse and those who are targeted in our communities. It's a compelling exploration of the ways a crime implicates all of us." - Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman