Schroder Hardcover – 7 Mar 2013
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'In Schroder, Amity Gaige explores the rich, murky realm where parental devotion edges into mania, and logic crabwalks into crime. This offbeat, exquisitely written novel showcases a fresh, forceful young voice in American letters.' --Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
'The measure of Gaige's great gifts as a storyteller is that she persuades you to believe in a situation that shouldn't be believable, and to love a narrator who shouldn't be lovable. Seldom has such a daring concept for a novel been grounded in such an appealing character.' --Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections
'You will not want to put this book down. You will want to read it in one big gulp. This is a bullet of a novel, aimed at our pieties about parenthood and familial love. You won't soon forget Schroder or his daughter or the sentences that bring them to life. To those who know Gaige's first two novels, it's no surprise she s produced another stunner. To those who don't, you're in for a treat.' -- --Adam Haslett, author of the novel Union Atlantic
Schroder by Amity Gaige is 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.See all Product Description
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"It turns out I'm not very good at being silent. There are castles of things I want to tell you." Amity Gaige had me at "castles" and she never loosened her grip once.
Schroder is writing an account of the events that have led him into custody awaiting trial. The account is an explanation to his estranged wife of why he absconded for seven days with their 6-year old daughter, the fiercely intelligent Meadow. This account might also be used in mitigation so just how reliable a narrator this makes him is clearly open to question. In fact, everything about Schroder is open to question - most especially, his identity.
The author's occasional use of footnotes is deft, the narrative structure of the book is perfect and Ms Gaige has a masterful turn-of-phrase: "I was thirty-four - not an old man, but old enough to spy the burnt edges on the scroll of my life." Her description of rain which "grows hard and bitter, as if it is not rain but liquid redistribution of collective conflict". And in a hospital where "the squeegee of officious shoes awakened me". Can't you just hear them?
By the masterstroke of leaving the wife's side of the story untold, Amity Gaige has delivered a wholly brilliant read.
I started to read it when a bit tired and when it quickly dawned on me how capable Gaige's writing is, I started again from the beginning but only reading it when fresh and able to fully appreciate it's subtlety.
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It looked promising. The review quotes sounded good. However, ultimately it was not very believable for me and I was skipping quite a lot towards the end, especially the phrase... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2014 by H.L
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This was a fabulous book. I first spotted it at the Edinburgh Book Festival and decided to purchase it for my Kindle. It really struck a chord with me. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2013 by D
Jeez this book is one long drag of a whinge. I don't think I've come across a more self pitying drone of a lead since Catcher In The Rye. Read morePublished on 15 July 2013 by Mr. Drayton