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Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize.

Eric has kidnapped his six year old daughter and is now in prison awaiting trial. This narrative is his account of everything from childhood right up to their week on the run to explain to his wife and potentially defend himself with. But Eric isn’t a very reliable narrator and as a reader it’s intriguing and rewarding to tease out what did or didn’t happen to ultimately see the picture of who Eric really is. Shortlisted for the inaugural Folio Prize.

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Synopsis

Schroder by Amity Gaige

Thsi book was shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2014. 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.

About the Author

Amity Gaige

Amity Gaige is the author of O My Darling and The Folded World. Her essays, articles and stories have appeared in various publications including the Yale Review, The Literary Review, Los Angeles Times and O Magazine. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a McDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Baltic Writing Residency Fellowship, and is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family.

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Publication date

6th March 2014

Author

Amity Gaige

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Publisher

Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571296729

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