Quick Book Review: Schroder by Amity Gaige
May 15, 2013 6 Comments
This book is a long letter from a man, Eric Kennedy, formerly known as Eric Schroder, to his wife Laura. But this is not one long boring letter. A lot of the book is the story of what happened when Eric took his small daughter on an unscheduled trip. Sometimes he refers to “you”, Laura, but in general this is merely a story as told by Eric.
Eric Kennedy has reinvented himself when he was 14. Having moved to the USA from Germany at the age of 9, he worked hard to get rid of his accent, and felt he needed an “old” name (with a hint of belonging to that family) to count in the American society. So, he dropped his German name, Schroder, and adopted the name Kennedy.
No one, not even his wife, know his real identity, or that he was born in Germany. Eric tells the story of how he met Laura, and the story he told her about his past. After he and Laura separate, he is only allowed to see his daughter Meadow every now and then. On one occasion, he decides to take her on a road trip and they keep going. Soon, the police are looking for them.
Beautifully written, but not a difficult read, actually quite a fast read for this kind of book. A very personal document about a father’s love for his daughter and how he is naive to think his wife would be fair in their child custody process. It’s also about Eric’s quest to become accepted as an American, neglecting his old father on the way.
Number of pages: 272
First published: 2013
I got this book: bought it at the local book store
Genre: contemporary fiction
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