Beginning with her 1988 novel, Cape Ann, Faith Sullivan has told stories of the people living in the fictional small town of Harvester, Minnesota. In her newest novel, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Sullivan tells the life story of school teacher Nell Stillman, a minor character from 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 couple who offer her a job as a third grade teacher. She falls into an uneasy love affair with a politician and her son goes off to war and comes back traumatically shell-shocked. But through it all, she’s comforted by her strong friendships and the novels of English author P.G. Wodehouse, creator of Jeeves and Wooster.
Faith Sullivan joined Dakota Midday from the 2015 South Dakota Festival of Books.