A Novel

Gaige, Amity

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"Attending summer camp as a boy, Erik Schroder -- a first generation East German immigrant -- adopts the name of Eric Kennedy, a fateful white lie that will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic course" -- Jacket flap. 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. Eric Schroder brings his daughter, Meadow, to Lake Champlain, Vermont, 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. A deftly imagined novel on the many identities we take on in our lives-- those we are born with and those we construct for ourselves.

Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781455512133
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 22 cm


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List - Jenny's Picks by: RCPLJenny Jun 28, 2013

Schroder is a narrator you love to hate. Or grow to love. Either way, he's misguided and yet has his heart in the right place.

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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.

Jun 11, 2013
  • five4kc rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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

May 06, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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