schroder

 I have been on a serious reading kick lately. Recently I read Anita Hughes book, Market Street and really enjoyed it. Then, The Lost Wife byAlyson Richman and couldn’t sleep until I learned the fate of the main characters. Don’t you love a good book that keeps you up at night?

I just began Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler and it promises to be a very good book. Within the last few days I read Schoder: A Novel by Amity Gaige. The book captured my interest when I read that the inspiration for the novel came from the very intriguing story of Clark Rockefeller. If you haven’t read this book about Clark Rockefeller, then rush right out and get it!

Schroder: A Novel is the story of Eric, German born Erik Schroder. This character shed his true identity as a teenager and adopted the last name of Kennedy, telling people that he grew up in Hyannis Port, blurring the idea that he was related to those Kennedys. He marries Laura, who we really don’t get to know that well, but the whole story is Eric’s letter to her explaining his white lies and how they snowballed. Somewhere along the way, she begins to suspect Eric is a fraud and she files for divorce. A custody battle for their young daughter Meadow ensues.

Upset with the terms of the visitation set forth by the court, Schroder takes Meadow and flees. In his own words, he describes taking Meadow and what drove him to essentially kidnap his own daughter.

Schroder: A Novel is beautifully written and the author does a terrific job getting inside the head of Eric who is not a bad man, just one that becomes unravelled  by his own lies.