The Best Kind of People
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The Best Kind of People


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.

Title:The Best Kind of People
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:404 pages

    The Best Kind of People Reviews

  • Alexa (eyesonthepages)
    Jan 04, 2017

    Fuck. I should not have finished this at 1am. My mind is racing, I have no idea how I'm going to go to sleep. ------------------------------------The Best Kind of People is like a train wreck - you wa...

  • Krista
    Oct 07, 2016

    For months Joan would replay this moment, trying to decipher the look on her husband’s face. Was it guilt? Confusion? Indignation? Stoicism? Acting? But nothing, not even a revolving camera of omni...

  • Véronique
    Oct 09, 2016

    I was thrilled by the first half--make it maybe two-thirds--of the book (it started as a powerful straight punch) but eventually i felt disappointed. The ending was a big let-down for me, not particul...

  • Karen M
    Sep 10, 2016

    As tough as the book's subject matter is, I couldn't peel my eyes away from it. The central question -- how would you react if your loved one is accused of doing a terrible thing? -- is so compelling ...

  • Kayla
    Jan 11, 2017

    3.5I finished this book not quite knowing how to feel about it. Definitely heartbreaking and complex, as promised. ...

  • Samantha Price
    Sep 19, 2016

    George is a prestigious member of his community; a teacher at a high end prep school, wealthy, kind, and a celebrated hero in Woodbridge after taking down a gunmen at the school when his children were...

  • Laura Frey (Reading in Bed)
    Sep 25, 2016

    I liked this book a lot and recommend it to almost anyone but I don't think it'll be shortlisted for the Giller... there were some problems with the writing, some sloppiness, some inconsistencies, and...

  • Margot
    Oct 12, 2016

    I'm afraid I really don't understand the hype surrounding this book. It has a great premise and starts off well, but after that it's all downhill. While I did finish it, I found myself rolling my eyes...

  • Alexis
    Sep 11, 2016

    Excellent, wonderfully written and believable story about a family whose patriarch is accused of sexual assault. This is not a thriller- but an examination of the family who must continue to go on whe...

  • Morgan M. Page
    Oct 16, 2016

    An ending that will knock the wind right out of you....

About Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall has written two novels, Holding Still for as Long as Possible (House of Anansi, 09/10) now out in paperback and optioned for film. Her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire magazine. Now Magazine awarded her the title of Best Emerging Author of 2007. She has published three books of poetry, Precordial Thu