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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 305 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 22mm | 260g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • United States
  • English
  • 1455512125
  • 9781455512126
  • 1,625,965

About Amity Gaige

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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"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." "Adam Haslett, author of "Union Atlantic," and the "New York Times" best-selling short story collection "You Are Not a Stranger Here"""
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3,919 ratings
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4 34% (1,343)
3 36% (1,405)
2 12% (483)
1 3% (131)
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