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Forsvindinger er fortællingen om Erik Schroders uge på flugt fra politiet med sin seksårige datter Meadow.

Men historien starter langt tidligere – med en lille løgn, der bliver altopslugende. Som barn flygter han fra Østtyskland med sin far, men i håb om at passe bedre ind i sit nye amerikanske liv tager han som ung efternavnet Kennedy og lægger med ét pennestrøg afstand
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published April 18th 2013 by Lindhardt og Ringhof (first published January 1st 2013)
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Not bad.
But nothing to call home about.
Or make foam about.
Or write a poem about.
Which I just did.
But not really.
Because it wrote itself.

This was an interesting concept for a novel, but it never achieved lift-off for me. I kept waiting for some revelations that would have made it worth my effort, but I never got to find out what I wanted to know. The narrator remains cagey right through to the end.

SCHRODER is a road novel in the form of a confessional apology, with scattered bits of
Karina Gaige
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading the galley of my sister's new novel! I predict that it's going to be huge and Brad Pitt is going to produce and star in the movie version.
Sally Drake
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was brilliant. Such a strange story but it is so well written and the complicated characters so fully developed I found myself simultaneously sympathetic and horrified by Erik. And heartbroken for Meadow. Although the plot is bizarre, the story is ultimately about marriage and parenthood and how sometimes it can go so wrong, especially when you are pretending it is not. A great read.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
Despite the horrible title, the uninspiring front cover picture, and the terrible blurb (on the back of the book - the blurb on GR is actually pretty decent) - this is an excellent book. It's the kind of book that from reading page one, I knew it was going to be wonderful and sat down to enjoy a great ride. I ripped through it in about two hours.

Ignore the blurb - it doesn't really give you a good idea of what this book is about. It's about a man who loves his daughter. It's about a man who
Amy Bratcher
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally do not take the time to comment on the books I read because others express my thoughts much more eloquently than I might do them justice. However, given my 1 star rating, I felt it necessary in this instance.

I stumbled across the intriguing synopsis for Schroder on Amazon, so I ordered it and immediately started reading upon its arrival. A week later, I was only through 1/3 of the book, which is unusual for me. I usually read books in one sitting or, at the most, 2-3 days. I found it
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
The cover of this book does not do it justice in my opinion. The story was mesmerizing, believable, and had well developed characters. The main character, a father and husband, is an unreliable narrator having led a deceitful life. I would almost describe the story as a subtle psychological thriller of sorts, that was at times so disturbing and suspenseful it gave me anxiety reading it. The author did a great job of getting into the head of the main character, with all of his flaws and emotions ...more
Holly Weiss
Schroder: A Novel is both heartrending and magnificent. The book is a discerning reflection on fatherhood with contemporary issues that will appeal to men and women alike. Eric Kennedy narrates his confession to his estranged wife, explaining the circumstances of kidnapping their daughter for six days.

By falsifying an application to a New Hampshire summer camp, fourteen-year-old Schroder not only rewrites his childhood, but also changes his name to something more New England acceptable—Eric
Diane S ☔
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this sounds like a simple tale, a father kidnapping his eight yr. old daughter, (not a spoiler as it clearly states this in the book description0, this novel is anything but simple. When we hear on the news that a father has kidnapped one of his children, our first thought is to automatically condemn the father, feel sympathy with the mother. The main character in this book is compelling, his young daughter advanced for her age and absolutely charming. The plot unfolds in multiple ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric Kennedy – nee Erik Schroder – needs a life he can revise. In ways, he embodies The American Tragedy written by Dreiser over a century ago; he has come to the land of opportunity and reinvention to find a new self.

In so many ways, Erik is a product of wherever he is in time. Born in divided East Berlin, he experienced first-hand the desperation that comes from a physical division. Now, years later, he finds himself in the midst of an acrimonious custody battle for the one person he truly
Christina Josling
Schroder. Ohhhhhhhh this book! It’s so so so incredible! It is a newly published book and I guarantee it will be making many appearances on Best of 2013 book lists.

Schroder is the story of a desperate man who kidnaps his daughter amid an acrimonious separation from his wife who has left him. The story is written in the first person by Eric Kennedy, in the form of a letter to his estranged wife, as he sits in jail for the kidnapping of their daughter Meadow.
This is also the
Dale Harcombe
three and a half stars
I’ve been thinking about this for a while before rating it and writing the review. I found this book a bit of an enigma. In the way it is written it is more like a memoir than a novel. However that is appropriate as Eric is explaining or trying to explain why he took off with his daughter Meadow. While I found the story interesting, given all the background of Eric, a first generation immigrant and his assumed identity as Eric Kennedy, I lost sympathy for him very quickly
Lisa Lingrell
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It must be impossible to love thyself, when uncomfortable in your own skin. As a child, when life is intolerable, how many have pretended for better things? To be a better person and the bad feeling you hold for yourself, the memories, the disconnection, eventually leaves, as you no longer acknowledge the person you know. This is purely a safety mechanism to save the self. A reinvention for a better brighter future. Makes perfect sense. It wasn't his fault to delude a future of happiness and ...more
Schroder tells the story of Erik Schroder, who as a young boy, along with his father, fled East Germany when Germany was then a divided country. Upon arrival in America, at a summer camp, Eric decides to change his name and identity to the more affluent ‘Kennedy’. Subsequently, as a result of the breakdown of his marriage to his wife Laura, Eric ends up kidnapping his own daughter, Meadow. Schroder is the story of Eric’s apology from a correctional facility to his wife Laura. In this document he ...more
Bonnie Brody
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who is Schroder? Is he Erik Schroder, his given name, or is he Eric Kennedy, his self-proclaimed name that he took at the age of 14? Schroder was born in East Germany when the wall was still up. A political refugee, he ended up in Dorchester, Massachusetts with his father when a boy. At fourteen his goal was to go to a camp in New Hampshire and he applied to it under the name ‘Eric Kennedy’. He won a scholarship to the camp and at that time there were so data bases, social security cards were ...more
Natalie Richards
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book and will be looking out for more to read by Amity Gaige..My main feelings after reading this book is that Erik Schroder loved his wife and daughter but when the marriage broke down and his wife dictated where and when Erik could see their daughter, then his desperation started. While I don`t agree with all his decisions, the fact that he could not see his daughter brought about such grief that he could not think clearly. This is another reminder of the damage of ...more
Apr 21, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
After picking this up on two separate occasions, and managing no more than ten pages each time, I can only assume that end-of-2014-Fi and this book are not suited to each other. I may come back, or I may never look at the damned thing again. It's not that I didn't like it, it's just that I didn't really care.

I also have a sinking suspicion that I went into this wanting it to be written by Lionel Shriver, which was always going to make it a bit of a disappointment. Sadly DNF-ed, then, and I may
Ron Charles
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-favorites
Almost 35 years have passed since “Kramer vs. Kramer” swept the Academy Awards and focused the nation’s attention on the pain of child custody battles. Attitudes about divorce and laws governing custody have evolved since that time, but the United States is still home to thousands of conflicts every year that put kids under siege from parents hurling accusations and tearing open intimate spaces.

A plaintive new novel from Amity Gaige called “Schroder” explores this common tragedy in a most
May 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shredder is a more apt title.
Chris Liberty
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schroder is a quirky story that takes place in Albany, NY. It's loosely based on Clark Rockefeller, the eccentric child abductor/murder/sociopathic liar. It's part confessional, travel journal, love story, overindulgent introspection, action thriller, among others. The prose is a bit too poetic at times, but on the whole, it’s worthwhile reading.

It was exciting reading a novel that takes place in my hometown. Amity Gaige describes Albany and the Capital District early on: "In order to answer
Nicholas Gresens
I heard about this book on NPR and was intrigued. The story is certainly compelling, and the main character is sympathetic, at least to an extent. He is sympathetic to the extent that we have all been, or have imagined having been, in a situation where we have been forced to perpetuate what at first seemed an entirely benign lie. What's more, we have all been in a situation where we have wished we could recreate our identity to fit a more perfect vision of whom we imagine ourselves to be. This ...more
Dan Fuchs
If you're planning on reading this book, this is where I guess I'm supposed to write the words "spoiler alert," because I plan on discussing how the story plays itself out. So if you care one way or the other about knowing the resolution of this novel, stop reading my humble review now.

This story of the American Dream gone bad does hold the reader's interest, for the most part. I did find myself wanting to know what was going to happen to Meadow Kennedy and her fatuous father, Eric. I'm not sure
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in a day. I really enjoy Gaige's writing style and loved The Folded World so I was anxious to read Schroder. It is a beautifully written letter/admission/confession written by a father who is going through a divorce and custody battle for his daughter. But it is also about identity. As you find out in the first few pages, Erik Schroder chooses at an early age to become Eric Kennedy, and pretty much erases his past. Of course this comes up when he decides to take his daughter on ...more
I am giving this book three stars because the writing is quite good and the language is musical, but maybe a little noisy.

The story is just kinda okay, though. I had to push myself to continue reading and finish the book. If it had been longer by another 100 pages I would have never made it.

There are some interesting bits. I liked the examination of silence that the main character, Erik Schroder (aka Eric Kennedy), makes a dissertation of in the book. Is silence more powerful than sound? There
Becca  ☾☁︎⋆ (
When I first began reading Schroder, it was clear that the main character, Erik, had wanted to and had erased his whole backstory and created a new life for himself under the name Erik Kennedy. Though his story was intriguing and beautifully written, someone who kidnapped their daughter would seem to be unlikeable. Still, I found myself not disliking him for those things because of sympathy. Schroder was moving and made for a page-turner, and I definitely found myself wondering why I hadn’t read ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read advance praise for this book and picked up the day it was released in my city. It did not disappoint. It is an extremely well-written account of a man's 6-day "kidnapping excursion" with his daughter. That last sentence doesn't begin to do this book justice. It is an account of love, loss, and identity and how a person can react when they feel their options are being taken away, even if they are ultimately responsible for those dwindling options. The main character, in spite of his ...more
Lorri Steinbacher
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. What impressed me most about the book was that Gaige made Eric so real, so human. He was obviously a mess, you would certainly regret fathering a child with him, and yet--maybe not. Eric's s "confession" is simultaneously honest and dishonest, just when you find yourself having some sympathy for him--bam!--he does something utterly selfish and ridiculous that you hope he gets caught and soon. You ever really understand Eric's motivations, he hints at them, but you're never quite sure. ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amity Gaige is an amazing, philosophical writer--she proved that a few years ago with The Folded World. Now that her protagonist is a self-absorbed, put-upon man, it seems the male literary establishment is willing to give her some credit. It's deserved and long overdue. But just for the record, there were people who noticed before the "important" people noticed. Highly recommended, a master class in character. Schroder is NOT a good guy, but you still feel really bad for him.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so close to being perfect. Slow clap to standing ovation. And it truly doesn't help (or does help?) that right now I'm in mourning over the upcoming loss of my relationship with my mentor, who is publicly quirky, occasionally irritable from damage, and also -- to me -- one of the warmest father figure sorts I've ever experienced. My feels about this one run deep.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I thought the writing was beautiful, the language was exceptional. The story is about a young man who seems to repeat what his father has done, all in the name of love. His story is sad in that he has created himself anew and is caught up in this fallacy that now traps him. It's an interesting story and a sad one. Its a father who loves his daughter and wants to be with her in the middle of a divorce that threatens to keep them apart, and its a marriage that has drifted apart and he is unable to ...more
Rich Stoehr
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ask me what I thought of Schroder and I can tell you without hesitation, it hooked me from the first pages. Ask me why, and I may have to stop to think for a moment.

Was it the confessional style of the book that grabbed me initially? Written as a long letter from a husband to his estranged wife, detailing not only the events of the stolen days he spent with their daughter but what led him to take her away. Told in heartfelt bursts and easy wanderings, in footnotes and asides and unexpected
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Amity Gaige is the author of the acclaimed novel, O My Darling, for which she was chosen by the National Book Foundation for its “5 under 35” recognition. She teaches at the University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Providence Campus and at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
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