The Headmaster's Wife

The Headmaster's Wife

3.57 (7,920 ratings by Goodreads)

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"Part of a grand literary tradition . . . Greene's plot has the tight, relentless pacing of a fine detective novel . . . Deeply felt . . . and utterly absorbing."--The Washington Post

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 137 x 206 x 20mm | 249g
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1250062330
  • 9781250062338
  • 1,678,381

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Praise for The Headmaster's Wife"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""Incredibly beautiful and compulsively readable, "The Headmaster's Wife" will keep you mesmerized into the wee hours.  A master storyteller, Greene's biggest achievement is proving that the most complex mystery of all is how and why we love." --Kimberly McCreight, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Reconstructing Amelia""I devoured this book. It has all the hooks - a mystery, a marriage, an investigation, a loss, a close-up of a society I'm not privy to - and yet, at its heart, there are unexpected love stories embedded within. Thomas Christopher Greene is a wonderfully accomplished novelist, and "The Headmaster's Wife" is both psychologically complex and wickedly fast-paced." -- Julianna Baggott, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pure"

Praise for Envious Moon: "A book as incandescent as it is disturbing... This richly detailed novel, its tone gentle but heavy with foreboding, is a powerful tale of chance, love, loss and redemption." -"Publishers Weekly""A stark modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet...but Shakespeare as reinterpreted by Greene still has the power to shock." --"Kirkus"

Praise for I'll Never Be Long Gone: "Moving... Greene's evocative descriptions of nature, food and love infuse this novel with sensuality and a nostalgia-tinged melancholy... Careful[ly] consider[s] of the burden, and blessing, of legacy." -- "Publishers Weekly""Poetic descriptions of [Greene's] na
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About Thomas Christopher Greene

THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE is the author of three previous novels: Mirror Lake, I'll Never be Long Gone, and Envious Moon. His fiction has been translated into eleven languages and has won many awards and honors. In 2007, Tom founded the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a top fine arts college, making him the youngest college president in America at that time. He lives in Montpelier, VT, with his family.
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Rating details

7,920 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 15% (1,223)
4 40% (3,147)
3 34% (2,714)
2 8% (664)
1 2% (172)
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