Schroder

Schroder

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781455512133
1455512133
Branch Call Number: FIC Gaige 3564
Characteristics: 272 p

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laphampeak
Jul 18, 2018

Schroder is an example of the phrase "You create your own reality". The author interjects the present story with bits of background of Schroder when he was young and immigrated to the US from Germany with his father. I didn't always get the connection of his past regarding the cause of his present situation. He takes on and becomes a new identity that produces a wife, job, and child. The more Schroder invents his alternate but present universe, the harder it is for him to turn back the clock and make other decisions. His "abduction" of his daughter leads to a reality Schroder is not ready to believe. The ease of flow and lyrical quality makes it an enjoyable read.

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SusanJoslyn
Mar 27, 2014

About a guy who kidnaps his daughter. He is very sympathetic but you understand why he should not be responsible for a child.

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five4kc
Jun 11, 2013

Disturbing book about a man and his relationships with those around him. Not a book I would recommend.

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GLNovak
May 06, 2013

Schroder re-invents himself at the age of fourteen and never looks back. He changes his name and manufacturers a new family and a new history. Life is good, until it isn't. Bewildered he continues on until he has dug himself into an inextricable hole. Lots to think about in this story - family, nature or nurture, communication - but possibly for Schroder the biggest question might be, is love all you really need. Really enjoyed the story and I found the writing to be fantastic.

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