“The Headmaster’s Wife”

“The Headmaster’s Wife” by Thomas Christopher Greene is a novel divided into two sections. In the first we meet the headmaster of the prestigious Vermont boarding school in his late 50’s as he is attracted to one of his female students and pursues her surreptiously. His wife is distant and distracted though we aren’t sure why. The first half of the story reads quickly as the affair between headmaster/teacher progresses: at first in  an unsurprising manner and then taking an unexpected turn. The second half of the story, interspersed with dialogue between the headmaster and the NYPD police who found him wandering naked in Central Park, portrays the story from a different perspective and provides the reader with something deeper to ponder.

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