The Headmaster's Wife

The Headmaster's Wife

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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.

"A truly remarkable novel, I read the second half of The Headmaster's Wife with my mouth open, my jaw having dropped at the end of the first half. Thomas Christopher Greene knows how to hook a reader and land him." --Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Empire Falls

"An accomplished and artful storyteller, Greene has surprises in store as he unspools a plot that becomes as poignant as it is unpredictable." --Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed

"Greene's genre-bending novel of madness and despair evokes both the predatory lasciviousness of Nabokov's classic, Lolita , and the anxious ambiguity of Gillian Flynn's contemporary thriller, Gone Girl (2012)." -- Booklist

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2014
ISBN: 9781250038944
Branch Call Number: GRE
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,22 cm

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Jun 15, 2014

Whoa! I did not see any of it coming - which is the mark of a good writer. It definitely held my attention and took me for a ride.

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KLJ1069
Jun 13, 2014

I could not find the enthusiasm for this book that the reviews promised. It is genuinely well written, but the juxtaposition of "real" and the imagined "real" of the mentally ill, was overly long in developing for me. It is somewhat reminiscent of "A Beautiful Mind", in that respect. I never developed any empathy for the main characters. It is a very touching expression of loss and grief, and the multitude of emotions surrounding it. Frankly, I would not recommend it.

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