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

  • Margot
    Oct 10, 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...

  • Alexa
    Sep 27, 2016

    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...

  • Erin
    May 06, 2017

    *Minor spoilers are in my review *I received this book as a birthday gift from my best friend, but it wasn't until I heard the news that one of my favorite Canadian "celebs" actress/director, Sarah Po...

  • 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...

  • Amanda McGill
    Feb 21, 2017

    I was really excited to read The Best Kind of People. The blurb sounded great and the very few chapters were really interesting. But then the unlikable characters and boring story line took over. I co...

  • Karen M
    Sep 09, 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 ...

  • Alex
    Oct 21, 2016

    2.5/5I really wanted to like this book more. Whittall certainly chose a really ambitious topic, delving into how an upper middle class all-american family deals (or fails to deal with) accusations of ...

  • Lorna
    Jan 24, 2017

    Almost didn't bother finishing it. It had potential to be really good. But the characters were all self absorbed and not entirely believable. The crime story line was boring and forgotten. What starte...

  • Samantha Price
    Sep 18, 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...

About Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall's latest novel, The Best Kind of People, spent 26 consecutive weeks on the Globe bestseller list, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, was Indigo Best Book of the Year, Heather's Pick, Globe and Mail Best Book, Toronto Life Best Book of 2016, Walrus Magazine Best Book of 2016 . The film/TV rights have been optioned by Sarah Polley who will write and direct. She has two previous nove