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I am reading the galley of my sister s new novel I predict that it s going to be huge and Brad Pitt is going to produce and star in the movie version. I normally do not take the time to comment on the books I read because others express my thoughts mucheloquently than I might do them justice However, given my 1 star rating, I felt it necessary in this instance I stumbled across the intriguing synopsis for Schroder on , so I ordered it and immediately started reading upon its arrival A week later, I was only through 1 3 of the book, which is unusual for me I usually read books in one sitting or, at the most, 2 3 days I found it I normally do not take the time to comment on the books I read because others express my thoughts mucheloquently than I might do them justice However, given my 1 star rating, I felt it necessary in this instance I stumbled across the intriguing synopsis for Schroder on , so I ordered it and immediately started reading upon its arrival A week later, I was only through 1 3 of the book, which is unusual for me I usually read books in one sitting or, at the most, 2 3 days I found it quite tedious, especially the extensive footnotes Perhaps if I wereenthralled with the novel the footnotes would have added somethingmeaningful, but as I continued reading I found myself skimming the footnotes and sometimes entire paragraphs without fully reading I picked the novel back up a month later, determined to finish I found the main character, an unreliable narrator if ever there was one, to be strangely written and could not relate to his predicament in the least I found Eric to be self centered and swimming in self pity In fact, I found myself wondering how his wife fell in love with him in the first place and could only imagine the horror she went through in this ordeal I do appreciate the concept of the novel as a final love letter of sorts, but I felt the author could have ended the story much sooner rather than drag out the last two chapters I thought this was brilliant Such a strange story but it is so well written and the complicated characters so fully developed I found myself simultaneously sympathetic and horrified by Erik And heartbroken for Meadow Although the plot is bizarre, the story is ultimately about marriage and parenthood and how sometimes it can go so wrong, especially when you are pretending it is not A great read. Despite the horrible title, the uninspiring front cover picture, and the terrible blurb on the back of the book the blurb on GR is actually pretty decent this is an excellent book It s the kind of book that from reading page one, I knew it was going to be wonderful and sat down to enjoy a great ride I ripped through it in about two hours.Ignore the blurb it doesn t really give you a good idea of what this book is about It s about a man who loves his daughter It s about a man who love Despite the horrible title, the uninspiring front cover picture, and the terrible blurb on the back of the book the blurb on GR is actually pretty decent this is an excellent book It s the kind of book that from reading page one, I knew it was going to be wonderful and sat down to enjoy a great ride I ripped through it in about two hours.Ignore the blurb it doesn t really give you a good idea of what this book is about It s about a man who loves his daughter It s about a man who loves his wife It s about a man who, when faced with the possibility of losing everything, starts making some really bad decisions that he knows he can never come back from.Eric Kennedy is really no Kennedy he was born Eric Schroder in East Germany But nobody knows this about him He took the American name, Kennedy, and adopted an American lifestyle and identity, when he was 14 THAT IS NOT THE MAIN PLOT The main plot is about Eric going through an awful divorce in which he first loses his beloved wife, and then is faced with the strong possibility that he will lose the only other person he loves his 6 year old daughter, Meadow So one day, when Meadow is dropped off on a weekend visit, Eric has an urge to put her in the car and drive And this is an urge he follows up on, with devastating consequences.My real life friends and I have spent hours arguing about Eric Half of my friends loved this book, and half of them hated it We really enjoyed analyzing the heck out of Eric Was he narcissistic Was he insane But the thing we argued about most was, Was Eric a bad parent Eric is to me a very sympathetic character Divorce is one of the most awful things that can happen to someone, especially if you are the spouse who is left and not the one doing the leaving When his wife starts to pull out the big guns and really try to take away Eric s right to see his daughter, it breaks my heart.In my opinion, there is no doubt that Eric loves his daughter very much And I think he is a wonderful father when he has a wife or some other person to serve as a buffer or filter and stop him from doing anything too crazy Still, he had my sympathy and I was relatively cheering for him when he took Meadow without permission on an extended road trip Until he started doing things that I could not overlook or forgive.This is where I think he fell down and stopped being a good parent to Meadow view spoiler When he takes Meadow to a bar Then the bartender makes a VERY inappropriate comment toward about this 6 year old girl, and instead of punching him in the face or having any sort of violent protective reaction, he LAUGHS He laughs at this sexual comment this barkeep just made about his 6 year old daughter Disgusting hide spoiler And view spoiler When he leaves Meadow who is 6, far from home, in a strange place, taken away from her mom and grandpa alone, in a cabin, at night, while he goes next door to have sex with the neighbor WHAT ARE YOU THINKING It s evenheartbreaking because, before he leaves, Meadow tells him she s feeling insecure and scared and asks him to stay with her Either way, it s a terrible, irresponsible thing to do and I was repulsed He doesn t even return to his cabin after having sex with the neighbor, he falls asleep with her This ensures that Meadow wakes up scared and alone, no daddy in sight Unacceptable I was having flashbacks to a certain Alice Munro story in Dear Life hide spoiler view spoiler And of course, not making sure there was an inhaler on hand for her asthma after losing the first one hide spoiler But up until that first point, I was behind Eric all the way My friend was really bothered when it seems like view spoiler Eric is going to put Meadow in the trunk in order to cross the Canadian border hide spoiler , but I was not bothered by that part at all.The writing is beautiful and excellent I will definitely seek outof Gaige s books Also, she uses great vocabulary and I love learning new words P.S This story is based on a true story, which is detailed in Blood Will Out The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade 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 easily fit in, a fateful white lie that will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic courseHRODER 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 fatherAlternately 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 The cover of this book does not do it justice in my opinion The story was mesmerizing, believable, and had well developed characters The main character, a father and husband, is an unreliable narrator having led a deceitful life I would almost describe the story as a subtle psychological thriller of sorts, that was at times so disturbing and suspenseful it gave me anxiety reading it The author did a great job of getting into the head of the main character, with all of his flaws and emotions The cover of this book does not do it justice in my opinion The story was mesmerizing, believable, and had well developed characters The main character, a father and husband, is an unreliable narrator having led a deceitful life I would almost describe the story as a subtle psychological thriller of sorts, that was at times so disturbing and suspenseful it gave me anxiety reading it The author did a great job of getting into the head of the main character, with all of his flaws and emotions due to his troubled life Some of his actions were unforgivable, making him hard to like, yet at times I actually felt sympathy for him I liked the format of the story being told in letter form as a confession to the narrator s wife It was not a light read and may not be for everyone, but I could not put it down At the least it makes you think about the love this father had for his daughter, and the lengths he would go to be with her, despite the bitter custody battle he was involved in Although this sounds like a simple tale, a father kidnapping his eight yr old daughter, not a spoiler as it clearly states this in the book description0, this novel is anything but simple When we hear on the news that a father has kidnapped one of his children, our first thought is to automatically condemn the father, feel sympathy with the mother The main character in this book is compelling, his young daughter advanced for her age and absolutely charming The plot unfolds in multiple layer Although this sounds like a simple tale, a father kidnapping his eight yr old daughter, not a spoiler as it clearly states this in the book description0, this novel is anything but simple When we hear on the news that a father has kidnapped one of his children, our first thought is to automatically condemn the father, feel sympathy with the mother The main character in this book is compelling, his young daughter advanced for her age and absolutely charming The plot unfolds in multiple layers, the father s past, his love for his wife and daughter, his confusion and his lies The prose is simple but elegant, the book very readable, I found it so much so that I actually checked out one of her previous books when I was half finished with this one If this book showed me anything it is that often my rush to judgement is very wrong, and reminds me that there are alwayssides to the story than is apparent By the end of the book I was absolutely heartbroken ARC from publisher Schroder A Novel is both heartrending and magnificent The book is a discerning reflection on fatherhood with contemporary issues that will appeal to men and women alike Eric Kennedy narrates his confession to his estranged wife, explaining the circumstances of kidnapping their daughter for six days.By falsifying an application to a New Hampshire summer camp, fourteen year old Schroder not only rewrites his childhood, but also changes his name to somethingNew England acceptable Eric Kenn Schroder A Novel is both heartrending and magnificent The book is a discerning reflection on fatherhood with contemporary issues that will appeal to men and women alike Eric Kennedy narrates his confession to his estranged wife, explaining the circumstances of kidnapping their daughter for six days.By falsifying an application to a New Hampshire summer camp, fourteen year old Schroder not only rewrites his childhood, but also changes his name to somethingNew England acceptable Eric Kennedy After marrying stunning, deeply moral Laura, their daughter Meadow is born Happy marriage soon turns to separation, Laura having custody of Meadow Kennedy deludes himself with dreams of reconciliation even though his visitation rights are consistently diminishing Eric is caught He can t enter a custody battle because there are no records to substantiate his fabricated past His lawyer advises him to be on the offensive and file for divorce and custody of Meadow An independent evaluation proves unfavorable toward him.Eric views his subsequent abduction of six year old Meadow as an adventure at Lake George This is the first time this year than I haven t felt like jumping off a bridge p.70 He steals a car and decides to drive to Canada, putting his daughter in the trunk and using his German passport It dawns on him that he has kidnapped her Does he return to Albany and face her mother and the consequences of his actions Author Amity Gaige began writing at age seven Her 2005 novel O My Darling won her the distinguished honor of 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation The Folded World, published in 2007, won ForeWord Book of the Year, among numerous other awards Gaige has also written for O Magazine and The Literary Review.The special quality of Schroder a Novel is that it is both offbeat and whimsical, with an alluring main character and premise we should frown upon Instead we are drawn into a world that Amity Gaige makes irresistible Although the main character is flawed, Gaige makes you fall in love with him and feel for his pain I highly recommend the book for any discerning reader s bookshelf Schroder will appeal to mainstream fiction readers, but alsosophisticated lovers of literary fiction.Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont Eric Kennedy nee Erik Schroder needs a life he can revise In ways, he embodies The American Tragedy written by Dreiser over a century ago he has come to the land of opportunity and reinvention to find a new self.In so many ways, Erik is a product of wherever he is in time Born in divided East Berlin, he experienced first hand the desperation that comes from a physical division Now, years later, he finds himself in the midst of an acrimonious custody battle for the one person he truly lov Eric Kennedy nee Erik Schroder needs a life he can revise In ways, he embodies The American Tragedy written by Dreiser over a century ago he has come to the land of opportunity and reinvention to find a new self.In so many ways, Erik is a product of wherever he is in time Born in divided East Berlin, he experienced first hand the desperation that comes from a physical division Now, years later, he finds himself in the midst of an acrimonious custody battle for the one person he truly loves his six year old daughter, Meadow The problem or one of the problems is that in the interim, Erik has reinvented himself He took on the identity of a distant Kennedy cousin yes, THOSE Kennedys to apply to a prestigious camp and later, to earn a Pell Grant that allowed him to gain access to a college education.It is here and only here that the novel slips into inauthenticity It is difficult to accept that Eric could so seamlessly change identities, even in 1984 He manages to keep his father from visiting him at college and lies to his wife Laura without any detection.The beauty of this book is that as readers, we slide over that obstacle and accept Eric Kennedy, who is to put it mildly an unreliable narrator His first person account of the unplanned kidnapping of his daughter is recounted from the start in epistolary form to Laura, while he is in the correctional facility As readers, we know how this journey will end from the start.Yet there is so much to keep us going Amity Gaige deal with heartfelt and complex issues what happens when powerful parental love crosses the line Can anyone truly reinvent himself or does the dissonance produce a fragmented identity Is it possible for a deeply flawed person who hurts those who love him still be a good person What makes a good person anyway Schroder should not be a sympathetic character As readers, we quickly see the holes in his reasoning and understand how he is placing his daughter in perilous situations both physically and emotionally Yet Amity Gaige is a fine writer and somehow, we end up empathizing with Schroder not an easy feat to accomplish I should add that there are several footnotes in the text, starting out as an academic exploration into the theories of silence and gradually revealingandabout him.I started this review torn between 4 and 5 stars upon completing it, it is apparent to me that this is, indeed, a 5 star book Those who enjoyed Bonnie Nadzam s book, Lamb another book about troubled characters and human emotions that drive us to disturbing extremes will particularly like this book www.blackbifocals.comSchroder Ohhhhhhhh this book It s so so so incredible It is a newly published book and I guarantee it will be making many appearances on Best of 2013 book lists Schroder is the story of a desperate man who kidnaps his daughter amid an acrimonious separation from his wife who has left him The story is written in the first person by Eric Kennedy, in the form of a letter to his estranged wife, as he sits in jail for the kidnapping of their daughter Meadow.This is also the www.blackbifocals.comSchroder Ohhhhhhhh this book It s so so so incredible It is a newly published book and I guarantee it will be making many appearances on Best of 2013 book lists Schroder is the story of a desperate man who kidnaps his daughter amid an acrimonious separation from his wife who has left him The story is written in the first person by Eric Kennedy, in the form of a letter to his estranged wife, as he sits in jail for the kidnapping of their daughter Meadow.This is also the story of identity, as we learn early on that Eric Kennedy was born Erik Schroder He flees East Germany with his father when he is 5 and settles in the working class town of Dorchester, MA At the age of 14 he changes his name to Eric Kennedy unbeknownst to his father and creates an entirely new identity, past, present, and future for himself Throughout the book the reader slowly begins to learn the motivation behind his re invention We also see a damaged, desperate, narcissistic, loving father unravel when visits with his daughter become almost non existent.Kennedy Schroder is a character with some ingratiating qualities coupled with very strange behavior kidnapping aside He commits a terrible crime, but the reader feels sympathy too.One thing I knew about the book before I started is that the framework for the story is based on the Clark Rockefeller case I had read about it in Vanity Fair, where a German man had convinced everyone, including his wife, he was a Rockefeller He too tried to kidnap his daughter It s a really interesting article author did not follow the details of the Rockefeller story, but the scandal left her wondering if a damaged person can also be a good parent Before Schroder, I had never heard of Amity Gaige, but I m keeping my fingers crossed her other books are as remarkable as this one Read it Read it Read it P.S You can follow me 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About the Author: Amity Gaige

AMITY GAIGE is the author of three previous novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder, which was short listed for the Folio Prize in 2014 Published in eighteen countries, Schroder was named one of best books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review,The Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Women s National Book Association, Cosmopolitan, Denver Post, The Buffalo News, The Millions Bookmarks, and Publisher s Weekly, among others Gaige is the recipient of many awards for her previous novels, including Foreword Book of the Year Award for 2007 and in 2006, she was named one of the 5 Under 35 outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation She has a Fulbright and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, the Literary Review, The Yale Review, and One Story She lives in Connecticut with her family.


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