THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE is the author of three previous novels. 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.
Beautifully written and compulsively readable, The Headmaster’s Wife is a haunting and deeply affecting portrait of one couple at their best and worst—"a truly remarkable novel" (Richard Russo)
An immensely talented writer whose work has been described as “incandescent” (Kirkus Reviews) and “poetic” (Booklist), Thomas Christopher Greene turns in a more literary direction with The Headmaster's Wife, his most ambitious work to date.
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. 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 of love, of marriage, of family and of a tragedy Arthur does not know how to address emerges. The Headmaster's Wife explores the nature of family, of the hidden world of boarding schools, and how a love can both deepen and change over time. A beautifully written, profoundly emotional book, it is perfect for fans of Anita Shreve and Richard Russo, and stands as a moving elegy to the power of love as an antidote to grief.
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
"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] native New England and… sumptuous accounts of cooking and cuisine season an otherwise stale tale of loss, legacy, and love.” –Booklist
“Greene makes us see these things so clearly that they seem like sensual daydreams right there on the page.” --Arizona Republic
Praise for Mirror Lake:
“Well-crafted... intimate, minimalist scenes capture the flavor of smalltown life.” --Publishers Weekly
“A story of love, betrayal, and violence that kept me turning the pages to the end.” --Susan Cheever, author of American Bloomsbury
“Filled with beauty and strength.” --Tampa Tribune