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Schroder: A Novel by Amity Gaige

Schroder: A Novel (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Amity Gaige

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Title:Schroder: A Novel
Authors:Amity Gaige
Info:Twelve (2013), Hardcover, 288 pages
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Schroder by Amity Gaige (2013)



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I greatly enjoyed reading this book with the exception if the very last chapter. I found the parts about the main character's ability to change his identity so easily a challenge to believe - especially considering he had a job, paid taxes, got married, and had a child....all under a fake name. I did enjoy the way it was written - the words flowed so nicely. ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
Eric Kennedy isn't exactly who he says he is, and as he extends his custodial visit with his daughter, his past comes down to bear on his present. The story holds up very well until the final section, which did not tie in well with the rest of the narrative, and included a metaphor about glass that is rather bemusing. It's a story very closely similar to that of Clark Rockefeller, and it is surprising to see that the author neither acknowledged the case, and very pronouncedly included the Fictional Character disclaimer. The narrator did a great job of inhabiting the character in this story told from the first person point of view; and voicing the character of a little girl as well. ( )
  Tanya-dogearedcopy | Sep 2, 2016 |
Reading one of the author blurbs on the back of this book, Gaige is praised for her originality. The plot of this book is not an original idea. It is a blatant ripoff of the true story involving Clark Rockefeller. This is a fictionalized version of that very public case and since I had previously read [b:The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor|10263986|The Man in the Rockefeller Suit The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor|Mark Seal|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1311281812s/10263986.jpg|15164363] this book rang as untrue for me throughout (yeah, yeah I know it is fiction but still). It was not so much that Eric was an unreliable narrator as I just couldn't get over the fact that Gaige stole this idea wholesale from the above mentioned case. I understand all the legal mumbo jumbo that fiction authors put in to protect themselves legally but come on, I can't be the only reader in the world to recognize the multiple parallels between the two stories. Also, the footnotes were gimmicky and the pages of "I let you down" are [a:Jonathan Safran Foer|2617|Jonathan Safran Foer|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1274633302p2/2617.jpg]esque without the wit and charm of a Safran Foer character delivering them. Obviously, I really disliked this book. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
Not a particularly original story but handled with verve. The relationship between the father and daughter is very well presented (although a small quibble would be - why is it that small children in these kinds of novel are always super-intelligent?). ( )
  stephengoldenberg | Apr 6, 2016 |
I was immediately drawn into this novel by the narrator's oddly charming voice. He (Erik Schroder) is a classically unreliable narrator, and the book is his self-justification. The author keeps her balance well - telling the story Schroder's perspective so that you warm to him instinctively, while allowing enough of his delusions to slip through. There are clear parallels with Lolita here, but Schroder is, in the end, a more sympathetic character than Humbert and the book packs less of a punch. Still: there's much to chew on here - I'll be keeping my eye out for Gaige's next book. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
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Gaige creates a fascinating and complex character in Erik, as he moves from the eccentric and slightly irresponsible father to a desperate man at the end of his rope. While the novel’s format occasionally lends itself to overly dramatic prose, this does not take away from its warmth and expert exploration of the immigrant experience, alienation, and the unbreakable bond between parent and child.
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Ensconced in a correctional facility at the height of a custody battle with his estranged wife, Eric, a first-generation East German immigrant who changed his name as a youth, surveys his life to consider the disparity between his original and assumed identities.… (more)

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