Book Review: We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White
We are All Good People Here. The title beautifully captures the essence of this book. Each character in this book would claim that they are good people trying to do what is right. Except, as this book brilliantly demonstrates through the lives of Daniella Gold and Eve Whalen, good people are also flawed, and good intentions can lead to negative outcomes.
Daniella and Eve meet in Belmont College in 1962, where they begin their lifelong friendship. They are from two different backgrounds. Eve comes from a more privileged background, while Daniella is half-Jewish and raised more modestly. But soon they both became aware of cruelty and injustice of the world they inhabit. Eve, feeling enraged ends up taking a more radical approach in an attempt to resolve this injustice, while Daniella hopes to achieve the same through a more pragmatic approach. Their stories span over thirty years, from the early 1960s to early 1990s.
Even though this book is not set in present day in the United States, it could not be more relevant. It demonstrates how easily people can get carried away with certain ideologies that they can lose footing in the reality of life.
Life-like. Engaging. Brilliant.
*I received an advance review copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.