Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Headmaster's Wife

Broken. Readers who are comfortable with uncertainty in a novel, and are willing to yield to an author’s blurring of appearances and reality, are those most likely to enjoy reading Thomas Christopher Greene’s literary novel, The Headmaster’s Wife. Arthur appears to be the dignified and stable headmaster of a Vermont prep school, but his behavior seems to indicate someone more troubled, especially after he is found naked in New York’s Central Park. From a variety of current and past memories and points of view, readers learn about the life of Arthur and his wife Betsy. One of my favorite passages (p.215): “And then she realizes that they are more alike than she has imagined. Like her, he is broken. And she thinks perhaps this is what love is: letting someone else see that part of you that shatters like glass. All of us are broken in our own way.” If something in that passage captures your fancy, chances are you’ll enjoy reading this novel. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Headmaster’s Wife from

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