Schroder

Schroder

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by Amity Gaige
     
 

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Attending summer camp as a boy, Erik Schroder— a first generation East German immigrant—adopts the name of Eric Kennedy, a decision that will set him on an improbable and transformative journey, SCHRODER relates the story of how years later, Erik finds himself on an urgent escape to Lake Champlain, Vermont with his daughter, hiding from authorities

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Attending summer camp as a boy, Erik Schroder— a first generation East German immigrant—adopts the name of Eric Kennedy, a decision that will set him on an improbable and transformative journey, SCHRODER relates the story of how years later, Erik finds himself on an urgent escape to Lake Champlain, Vermont with his daughter, hiding from authorities amidst a heated custody battle with estranged wife, Laura, who is unaware of his previous identity. From a correctional facility, Erik surveys the course of his life: his love for Laura, his childhood, his experience as a father. In this way, this sweeping and deftly-imagined novel is an exploration of the identities we take on in our lives-those we are born with, and those we construct for ourselves.

Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
"Complicated and nuanced . . . the novel is absorbing, with a propulsive plot and a narrator who is charming, ambivalent, and searching-a man driven by love who understands that love cannot save him."
Jonathan Franzen
"The measure of Gaige's great gifts as a storyteller is that she persuades you to believe in a situation that shouldn't be believable, and to love a narrator who shouldn't be lovable. Seldom has such a daring concept for a novel been grounded in such an appealing character."
Adam Haslett
"You will not want to put this book down. You will want to read it in one big gulp. This is a bullet of a novel, aimed at our pieties about parenthood and familial love. You won't soon forget Schroder or his daughter or the sentences that bring them to life. To those who know Gaige's first two novels, it's no surprise she's produced another stunner. To those who don't, you're in for a treat."
New York Times Book Review on The Folded World

Praise for Amity Gagie


"In this tightly-written and emotionally satisfying novel, a young couple's marriage is thrown into jeopardy by the husband's workaholic tendencies... [Gaige] is extraordinarily adept at revealing her characters' personalities in just a few words... Stirring."
Entertainment Weekly on The Folded World
"The bitterness and disillusion of marriage have been thoroughly plumbed in contemporary fiction; Gaige is one of the rare novelists who is more interested in its potential for happiness and grace. A-."
Los Angeles Times on O My Darling
"Utterly devourable...gently, and beautifully unfolds, like a gauzy curtain in an open window."
Chicago Tribune (Favorite Books of 2007)
"The Folded World will appeal to readers who like to dive into the muck of internal and interpersonal conflicts, and break the surface with breath born of insight and empathy. Amity Gaige's second novel lives up to the reputation she earned with her first one, as an original, compelling voice."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410457219
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
04/05/2013
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
379
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Amity Gaige's essays, articles, and stories have appeared in various publications, including the Yale Review, Los Angeles Times, O Magazine, The Literary Review, 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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Schroder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. Although the story seems improbable, I believed it, I felt it, I loved it.
PeachesRR More than 1 year ago
I "enjoyed" reading this story. It delves deeply into divorce and the failure of a marriage. The emotions are familiar and although circumstances may differ, the feelings will resonate with anyone who has gone through divorce and the resultant loss of home and family. Assigning blame is irrelevant, the horror is the same. Schroder's reaction is understandable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant, deeply affecting novel. Loved every word!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The worst book I've read in ages; I finished it in hopes it would get better. I found it very painful to read about a loser with totally irrational behavior.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed reading this book with the exception if the very last chapter. I found the parts about the main character's ability to change his identity so easily a challenge to believe - especially considering he had a job, paid taxes, got married, and had a child....all under a fake name. I did enjoy the way it was written - the words flowed so nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous writing. Great story. But is there anything worse than investing time and emotional energy reading a book only to get to the end and have it just leave you hanging? What happened to Schroder?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited to read this book, i wished i never purchased it - i kept on reading thinking this has to get better it never did- what a joke this book is! Do not waste your time ,