In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, by Tobias Wolff

Wolff’s story is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Determination,” hosted by Jane Kaczmarek and featuring stories with character-testing moments.  

 

“In the Garden of the North American Martyrs” is the title story of Wolff’s 1981 collection, and its profile of a meek academic who goes off the rails after years of careful conformity still packs a punch.  The reader is Jane Curtin.