Sunday, July 29, 2018

Signed Book Sunday: Schroder by Amity Gaige

Signed Book Sunday is Meme run by JeanBookNerd.


We are all in this community because of our common interest in reading. The books and stories have become somewhat a piece of us. Whether it be the meaning behind the stories or it has become associated to a period of a time in our lives, books have become more than just entertainment for our imagination.

Books are our gems and they become more of a treasure when they are signed by the author. Now that book has become more personal. It provides valued stories as to when the author signed it and the conversation that was engaged during the signing. These moments are unique and were only experienced by you. Having our favorite books signed is a testament to our love for reading.

Signed Book Sunday will be an outlet for us to showcase books that we have collected over the years with that once special scribble claiming that it was touched by the author. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. 

Show your signed books to others and see what others have collected through the years.

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Attending a New England summer camp, young Eric Schroder - a first-generation East German immigrant - adopts the last name Kennedy to more easily fit in, a fateful white lie that will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic course.

Schroder relates the story of Eric's urgent escape years later to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amid 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 to understand - and maybe even explain - his behavior: 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.

Alternately lovesick and ecstatic, Amity Gaige's deftly imagined novel offers a profound meditation on history and fatherhood, and the many identities we take on in our lives - those we are born with and those we construct for ourselves. 

Praise for SCHRODER

“On occasion... a novel will provoke a host of tangled and disconcertingly conflicted reactions-revulsion and affection; blame and understanding; a connection that goes beyond surface sympathy to a deeper, and possibly unwanted, emotional recognition. These were among the things I experienced while reading Amity Gaige's astoundingly good novel Schroder.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Enthralling....Gaige displays an unnerving insight into the grandiosity and fragility of the middle-aged male ego...Schroder is clearly her breakout book. With its psychological acuity, emotional complexity and topical subject matter, it deserves all the success it can find. I wish there were such a thing as a Divorced Couples Book Club just so we could listen in on the tangled responses.” —The Washington Post

“[A] fascinating psychological portrait of love, longing and self-loathing...Written as a jailhouse confession to his ex-wife, Schroder's closest literary relative is probably Lolita (minus the pedophilia): The compellingly unreliable narrator of European background, the East Coast road trip with the precocious child, the narcissism, the unsavory motels, the whiff of danger. Schroder easily stands up to the comparison....And yet the book, at its heart, is a love story. Schroder may be deluded—and a woefully irresponsible parent—but his touching, sincere adoration of his daughter and ex-wife is his great redemption.” —The Los Angeles Times

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Photo Credit: Teri Pengilley

A m i t y G a i g e is the author of three novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder, which was shortlisted for The Folio Prize in 2014. To date, Schroder has been published in eighteen countries.

Schroder was named one of Best Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus, The Women’s National Book Association, Cosmopolitan, Denver Post, The Buffalo News, The,, Bookmarks, Publisher’s Weekly, among others. Amity has won many awards for her previous novels, such as Foreword Book of the Year Award for 2007, and in 2006, she was recognized as one of the “5 Under 35” outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation. Amity is the winner of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, fellowships at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies, and a Baltic Writing Residency. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications such as The Guardian, The New York Times, the Literary Review, The Yale Review, One Story, and elsewhere. Listen to Amity at the 2013 National Book Festival, All Things Considered or on The Diane Rehm Show.

She lives in Connecticut with her family.


  1. If I wrote in a journal every day I would free write poetry about my favorite thing about my day.

  2. I do write a journal of sorts & today's entry simply states: It's gone!

    It's a reference to a kidney stone that had me rushed to hospital by ambulance and in agony last Thursday.

  3. Finally an outing with gpod food after long time

  4. I would write about my dream from last night.

  5. I'm had a crappy morning, defrosted the deep freezer, have a touch of vertigo, went to the doctor for a shot, stubbed my toe and it hurts so bad. Maybe this afternoon will be better.