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The Best Kind of People

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A local schoolteacher is arrested, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt, in this exquisite novel about loyalty, truth, and happiness. The Woodburys cherish life in the affluent, bucolic suburb of Avalon Hills, Connecticut. George is a beloved science teacher at the local prep school, a hero who once thwarted a gunman, and his wife, Joan, is a hardworking ER nurse. They have brought up their children in this thriving town of wooded yards and sprawling lakes. Then one night a police car pulls up to the Woodbury home and George is charged with sexual misconduct with students from his daughter's school. As he sits in prison awaiting trial and claiming innocence, Joan vaults between denial and rage as friends and neighbors turn cold. Their daughter, seventeen-year-old Sadie, is a popular high school senior who becomes a social outcast--and finds refuge in an unexpected place. Her brother, Andrew, a lawyer in New York, returns home to support the family, only to confront unhappy memories from his past. A writer tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men's rights activist group attempts to recruit Sadie for their cause. Provocative and unforgettable, The Best Kind of People reveals the cracks along the seams of even the most perfect lives and the unraveling of an American family. Finalist for the Giller Prize "[Zoe] Whittall's intuitive understanding of human nature makes The Best Kind of People a gripping novel, one that shines a light on family dynamics under extreme pressure."--The Vancouver Sun "Whittall's undisputed talent as a writer shines, as does her understanding into the complexity of our sympathies, our morality, and our humanity. 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."--Kate Harding, author of Asking for It "A timely discussion of what we owe those who abuse and those who are targeted in our communities."--Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman "This may just be Whittall's breakout novel, and deservedly so."--The Winnipeg Review "Taut, compassionate and clever."--Toronto Starshow more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 129.54 x 149.86 x 27.94mm | 227g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 052549412X
  • 9780525494126

About Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall's The Best Kind of People was a bestseller in Canada. It was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was chosen as Indigo's #1 Book of the Year for 2016. Her debut novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of The Globe and Mail's Top 100 Books 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 Honor Book. She was awarded the K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature in 2016. Her writing has appeared in The Walrus, The Believer, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Fashion, and more. She has also worked as a writer and story editor on television shows such as Degrassi, Schitt's Creek, and Baroness von Sketch Show. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.show more

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"A gripping novel, one that shines a light on family dynamics under extreme pressure."--The Vancouver Sun "Zoe Whittall's undisputed talent as a writer shines, as does her understanding into the complexity of our sympathies, our morality, and our humanity. 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."--Kate Harding, author of Asking for It "The Best Kind of People gets into the hearts and minds of an ordinary family forced to confront the monstrous. This novel is a timely discussion of what we owe those who abuse and those who are targeted in our communities."--Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman "This may just be Whittall's breakout novel, and deservedly so."--The Winnipeg Review "Taut, compassionate and clever."--Toronto Starshow more

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5,819 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 15% (880)
4 42% (2,441)
3 32% (1,857)
2 9% (498)
1 2% (143)
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