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Zoe Whittall

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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 novels and three collections of poetry, and has written for the televisions shows Degrassi, Schitt's Creek, and The Baroness Von Sketch Show. She won the KM Hunter award for literature, and a Lamda Literary award for her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible. Her debut, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of the top ten novels of the deca ...more

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Hello readers,

I don't always like to come to Goodreads because I want to honour its place as a space for readers to talk with each other - and I'm a bit sensitive about reviews - but I wanted to use this space to apologize for using the word retarded in my first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts. Since I wrote that book, I've stopped using that word casually, as was common (but still inexcusable) in the Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.59 · 19,754 ratings · 2,212 reviews · 16 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Best Kind of People

3.52 avg rating — 15,570 ratings — published 2016 — 17 editions
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Bottle Rocket Hearts

3.85 avg rating — 940 ratings — published 2007 — 4 editions
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Holding Still For As Long A...

3.69 avg rating — 1,083 ratings — published 2009 — 10 editions
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The Middle Ground

3.34 avg rating — 190 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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The Emily Valentine Poems

3.98 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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The Best Ten Minutes of You...

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Precordial Thump

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The Spectacular

3.94 avg rating — 32 ratings — expected publication 2021 — 9 editions
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This book tore my heart up in the best way - engaging from start to finish, funny, and very moving. It also captures a time and place in queer history rarely engaged with in literature.
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“When I tell her I feel like the other woman, she laughs, that's just learned sexist bullshit. We are all in charge of our own bodies and what we decide to do with them. We are all our own.

I believed it when she said it, like she'd opened up a new valve that had been stuck. I felt unconfined and open-minded and totally confused. Intellectually, non-monogamy made complete sense; emotionally, it felt like sandpaper across my eyelids.”
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“That's creativity in a nutshell. A messy tug-of-war with imagination to erase that feeling that nothing really matters anyway.”
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“I am having a quarter-life crisis," I announced to my mother.

"My generation never had those, we just had babies and thought about killing them from time to time.”
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