Amity Gaige - WikipediaSchroder is not a kidnapper but a good father in the midst of a bitter custody fight; not machiavellian, but rash. He understands it looks bad, this stealing of their child, but it was an act of spontaneous desperation. And his situation is desperate. He has a great deal more than his recent crime to account for. Schroder fled East Germany with his father as a child, taking the name Kennedy at the age of 14 when he falsified his identity on an application to summer camp.
Schroder by Amity Gaige – review
By Rupert Hawksley. A loving but careless husband and father, Schroder has lived a life of deceit and betrayal, which culminates in the reckless kidnapping of his six-year-old daughter, Meadow. For this crime, carried out during a bitter custody battle with his estranged wife, Schroder is sent to prison. The novel is comprised of a document, written by Schroder from inside the correctional facility. It is intended as an explanation to his wife: "If it was just the two of us again, sitting together at the kitchen table late at night, I would probably just call this document an apology. Schroder, we learn, first told a lie when he was 14 years old.
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In the National Book Foundation named her a 5 under 35 honoree. The Gaige family moved several times before settling in Reading, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Brown University , where she studied English and theater. She later obtained an M. Her second novel, The Folded World , was published in Other Press, Random House ,  and garnered independent publishing awards that year.
We like to believe we are the authors of our own lives, but so much of who we are is decided for us in advance. And yet, we must live within these biographical boundaries. Any attempt to escape them, to rewrite our history, is seen as dishonest. At 14, he reinvents himself as Eric Kennedy of the fictional Twelve Hills — a sleepy village he places near Hyannis Port in the hopes that people will associate him with the famous clan. On this shaky foundation, he builds a career and a family, creating increasingly elaborate stories for his wife, Laura, and self-serving justifications for himself. When his marriage disintegrates and he and his wife enter into a custody battle over their beloved 6-year-old Meadow, Eric realizes his new persona is too fragile to hold up under scrutiny. Faced with exposure, Schroder absconds with his daughter on an ill-conceived road trip through New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts in a desperate attempt to delay the inevitable.