Dakota Midday: 'Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse'

Dec 14, 2015

Beginning with her 1988 novel, The Cape Ann, Faith Sullivan has told stories of the people living in the fictional small town of Harvester, Minnesota. In her latest novel, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Sullivan tells the life story of school teacher Nell Stillman, a minor character in The Cape Ann.

The book opens in 1900 when the death of her husband leaves her alone and penniless with a baby boy, Hilly. But she’s rescued by a sympathetic and wealthy couple who offer her a job as a third grade teacher. She falls into an uneasy love affair with a politician and is devastated when her son goes off to war and comes back traumatically shell-shocked. But through it all, she’s comforted by her strong, multi-generational friendships and the novels of English author P.G. Wodehouse, creator of Jeeves and Wooster. The Wall Street Journal picked Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse as one of the top ten best books of fiction for 2015.

Faith Sullivan joined the Dakota Midday Book Club and discussed Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse.