2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist.
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. (Description from the publisher House of Anansi Press, 2016)
Zoe Whittall attended Concordia University in Montreal, and received her MFA from the University of Guelph. Her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) won The Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie grant and her novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible (2009), won a Lambda Literary award, was shortlisted for the Relit award, and was an American Library Association’s Stonewall Honor Book. Zoe has also published three collections of poetry, and works as a freelance TV writer and journalist.