Schroder: A Novel

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Grand Central Publishing, Feb 5, 2013 - Fiction - 288 pages
28 Reviews
A lyrical and deeply affecting novel recounting the seven days a father spends on the road with his daughter after kidnapping her during a parental visit.
Attending a New England summer camp, young Eric Schroder-a first-generation East German immigrant-adopts the last name Kennedy to more easily fit in, a fateful white lie that will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic course.

SCHRODER relates the story of Eric's urgent escape years later to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amid a heated custody battle with his wife, who will soon discover that her husband is not who he says he is. From a correctional facility, Eric surveys the course of his life to understand-and maybe even explain-his behavior: the painful separation from his mother in childhood; a harrowing escape to America with his taciturn father; a romance that withered under a shadow of lies; and his proudest moments and greatest regrets as a flawed but loving father.

Alternately lovesick and ecstatic, Amity Gaige's deftly imagined novel offers a profound meditation on history and fatherhood, and the many identities we take on in our lives--those we are born with and those we construct for ourselves.

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This is a fairly well written and easy to read novel. - Goodreads
He is narcissistic and broken, yet without insight. - Goodreads
The writing in this novel is pretty amazing. - Goodreads
The plot of this book is not an original idea. - Goodreads
This book takes that as its premise and runs with it. - Goodreads
Author Amity Gaige began writing at age seven. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Dianne - Goodreads

4.5 - a totally unexpected treasure - loved this book! Gaige's narrator Erik Schroder (aka Eric Kennedy) is an appalling human being in so many ways - his commentary and actions are jaw-droppingly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Craig - Goodreads

I am giving this book three stars because the writing is quite good and the language is musical, but maybe a little noisy. The story is just kinda okay, though. I had to push myself to continue ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Amity Gaige's essays, articles, and stories have appeared in various publications, including the Yale Review, Los Angeles Times, O Magazine, The Literary Review, One Story and in a 2009 collection of essays, Feed Me (Random House). She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a McDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Baltic Writing Residency Fellowship, and is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family.

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