Schroder: A Novel

Schroder: A Novel

by Amity Gaige
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Schroder: A Novel by Amity Gaige

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455512140
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 462,662
File size: 898 KB

About 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 ,