Review: The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene

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3 Stars

At the beginning of The Headmaster’s Wife, I was instantly hooked by the engrossing writing and the situation we find Arthur, the Headmaster, in. He then begins recanting the story of how exactly he ended up where he is. At least, we’re led to believe that’s the story.

The story is broken up into three parts of which the first is all narrated by the Headmaster. I will warn you now that it might put you off, but I promise it will all be clear in the end. The twists this story takes are all so well done. The writing continues being engrossing throughout the whole book. This story about love, loss, death, and grief was so compelling. Once I sat down to read it, I did not put it down and finished it in one day.

Fans of adult literature with some mystery should definitely give this book a chance. It would also make a great book club read. I look forward to reading more of Thomas Christopher Greene’s books if they’re all written this well.

Book Info

The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
Published by Thomas Dunne Books
Pub Date: February 25th 2014
Pages: 288
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult Fiction
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An immensely talented writer whose work has been described as “incandescent” (Kirkus) and “poetic” (Booklist), Thomas Christopher Greene pens a haunting and deeply affecting portrait of one couple at their best and worst.

Inspired by a personal loss, Greene explores the way that tragedy and time assail one man’s memories of his life and loves. Like his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Vermont’s elite Lancaster School. It is the place he feels has given him his life, but is also the site of his undoing as events spiral out of his control. Found wandering naked in Central Park, he begins to tell his story to the police, but his memories collide into one another, and the true nature of things, a narrative of love, of marriage, of family and of a tragedy Arthur does not know how to address emerges. Luminous and atmospheric, bringing to life the tight-knit enclave of a quintessential New England boarding school, the novel is part mystery, part love story and an exploration of the ties of place and family. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, The Headmaster’s Wife stands as a moving elegy to the power of love as an antidote to grief.

About Thomas Christopher Greene

Thomas Christopher Greene was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Suffield Academy, Hobart College, and the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College. He is the author of three novels: Mirror Lake (2003), I’ll Never Be Long Gone (2005), and Envious Moon (2007). His work has been translated into many languages and has found a wide international following. He is the founding president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), a graduate institution in Montpelier dedicated exclusively to educating the next generation of artists and writers. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.

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4 Responses to “Review: The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene”

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    anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Interesting. I’ve not read his books before. That’s a different set up for the book format wise. I love when things aren’t entirely making sense and you get that final little bit and it’s a huge Ahhhh moment. lol

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