Attending a New England summer camp as an adolescent, young Erik Schroder - a first generation East German immigrant - adopts a new name and a new persona - Eric Kennedy - in the hopes that it will help him fit in. This fateful white lie will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic course.
Schroder relates the story of Eric's urgent escape years later through the New England countryside with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amidst 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 in order to understand - and maybe even explain - his behaviour; 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.
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...the item that brings about Schroder’s downfall is perfect, both dramatic and mundane. The reader will realize that he or she has been given every detail necessary to see what was coming, yet didn’t, which is plot-making of the highest order.Read Full Review of Schroder: A Novel | See more reviews from NY Times
Ms. Gaige wisely avoids any narrative detachment in “Schroder.” We are so deeply inside Eric’s thoughts that it becomes mesmerizingly difficult to see when he began lapsing into the verboten.Read Full Review of Schroder: A Novel | See more reviews from NY Times
There are many remarkable things about Schroder, but most impressive is the amount of sympathy it wrings from a grim, all too familiar scenario: a custody battle that has spun out of control.Read Full Review of Schroder: A Novel | See more reviews from Toronto Star
Linking too obviously to the symbolism of the cold-war Germany that Eric left behind, with its metaphors of flight and division, is the only misstep. Readers do not need such neat explanations to follow this flawed yet caring father.Read Full Review of Schroder: A Novel | See more reviews from The Economist
Gaige has managed an excellent feat of storytelling, creating a flawed and compelling character who is at once distinct and individual and a symbol of our society.Read Full Review of Schroder: A Novel | See more reviews from National Post arts
Gaige has managed an excellent feat of storytelling, creating a flawed and compelling character who is at once distinct and individual and a symbol of our society. Schroder will make you look differently and more deeply at headlines and custody battles and your response to them.Read Full Review of Schroder: A Novel | See more reviews from National Post arts
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