- Publisher: Twelve
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 213mm x 28mm | 408g
- Publication date: 5 February 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1455512133
- ISBN 13: 9781455512133
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 246,810
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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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.
"To say that the piece of fiction Gaige has produced is successful is a serious understatement.... Schroder is refreshingly bereft of the formal wizardry that characterizes much of the postmodern fiction that attracted academic interest in the second half of the twentieth century. This is good and this is nice. Instead, Gaige turns to the ineluctable parts of life that go by big-sounding names: love and fear, for instance....Not to mention the fact that this book is great fun to read. It is relentlessly compelling in the way that mystery stories can sometimes be." ""Artvoice"""
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