Fiction: "Interview with the Second Wife"

By Christine Sneed, published in the New England Review

Mar. 30, 2010
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I don't actually remember the New England Review having anything up online, so it was with great pleasure that I happened upon the site again while looking for places to submit a new piece of fiction. I managed to snag a copy of the NER at the last writer's conference I was at, and it sits proudly on by bookshelf between a copy of The Pinch and reDevider, two of my favorite lit mags.

From "Interview With the Second Wife":

When we met, I wouldnt have thought he would be capable of such a disingenuous act. But it could be that Im likely to assume the best about people who appear keenly interested in who I am, not just in who Patric was. In the years since we met, Dr. Krenek has become a professor of comparative literature at a very old and admired university in New England, and such scandals, I know, inevitably ruin careers, if not also lives. His was the second professorial plagiarism scandal that this school had experienced in a year, and the tone of the article was overtly cynical. Ive thought about writing and offering to help him, but I suspect that he wouldnt be happy to hear from me because, if nothing else, it would alert him to the fact that yet another person knows of his crime, a person who had once been very close to a man whose work Dr. Krenek studied and admired. I also think he believed that I thought well of him during our short involvement, which I did, despite the sometimes puzzling evidence that he did not have all of his facts about Patric and me in good order when he arrived to conduct the interview, one I agreed to so that he might write his own dissertation, one that helped him secure the position at the university where he now finds himself in disgrace.

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