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Schroder A Novel
Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention eric kennedy amity gaige main character erik schroder summer camp well written year old even though estranged wife custody battle unreliable narrator six year german immigrant clark rockefeller book club road trip daughter meadow new hampshire new york point of view. Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Ripped from the headlines of the newspaper, Schroder: A Novel by Amity Gaige, is loosely based on the story of a man who fooled everybody, with a false identity that unraveled when he kidnapped his own child.
I remember reading about it vaguely, and wondered how someone could lead a double life and get away with it.
How could his wife not know? How could he not slip up somewhere? Gaige reconstructs the unbelievable. Recounting his story in a jail, Schroder explains how he created a false persona, intimating a loose connection to American royalty, the Kennedy's, in order to gain the positive attention he desired.
The book is a confession, guilt ridden and horrifying in the notion that we may not know as much as we thing we do about the people around us. Eric Kennedy is a chimera.
Disconnected and isolated in his real persona, he adapts an all American facade to hide his foreign self. Living with a stoic and emotionally dead father, he is able to perpetrate his fraud in the laxed end of the last century. Without an Internet, ways to verify information, the world in it's pre innocence accepts people for who they say they are. Schroder disassociates himself from his German father, reinventing himself at college, later falling in love and building a life.
He embodies the American Dream, successful at real estate, this couple moves on to the next step of life, parenthood. As disengaged with his childhood as his own father, he rediscovers a brilliant and delightful child when after the economy crashes, he becomes a stay at home dad. While, I found myself repulsed by what I know he ultimately does, I couldn't help liking the character, in spite of himself.
Watching him disintegrate, his lies interfere with his divorce, he is cast aside in his daughter's life. Desperate to be with her, he kidnaps her and they share a "vacation", special father daughter time and watch him try to salvage his life. When he is compelled to surrender, I found myself angry at the system and circumstances that forced him to lie about his life.
Is he a bad person who lied or a good person forced to live a lie? Can we all say that we live completely transparent or do omit things ourselves to put the patina of acceptability on us. Well written, Gaige is terrific at taking an unlikable person and making him sympathetic without being maudlin. We can't help but like this flawed character, his love for his wife and child superseding his desperate personality. Schroder is a great book.
It's the story of the promise of America, dreams of acceptance and comfort destroyed by false foundations. Fast paced, well written.
Schroder by by Amity Gaige: Summary and reviews
Amity Gaige writes with a keen understanding of human frailty and is a voice that needs to be heard. Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. I was captured from page one by this lovely, insightful narrative. And it was a true page turner. Not only an homage to fatherhood, but an excellent rendering of the long-term effects of childhood trauma. The novel is the composition of a letter to Eric's estranged wife, and perhaps to the court as well, so we know right up front that hs is in custody, although not sure until the end what has happened.
The structure reminded me a bit of Nabokov's Lolita, but this character has no pomposity. I especially enjoyed the occasional footnote explanation of sorts, interesting technique. Eric was abandoned by his mother and escaped east Berlin with his emotionally distant father, so his entire sense of self is fractured.
No wonder he perpetuates a myth of identity, a desire to be more than he is, which continues throughout his adult life, without malignant intent, rather a need to literally become someone else. Beyond the psycho-emotional, few novels I've read incorporate the impact of the German partitioning and these reflections were especially interesting and moving.
A child that comes from a dual identity world, and is forced to escape one for the other, is almost by definition a dual-identity person. We root for Eric, although we watch with a pit in our stomachs as he makes his own escape, with his daughter in tow, hoping throughout the book that the ending is at best benign. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent! Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.
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