A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege to meet the lovely author Amity Gaige. Her latest book SCHRODER (Twelve | 9781455512133) is a lyrical and deeply affecting novel recounting the seven days a father spends on the road with his six-year-old daughter after kidnapping her during a parental visit. Amity graciously answered our questions about the book including whether Eric is a sympathetic character, the inspiration for the story, her son's influence on the character Meadow and the challenges of writing in a male voice. Afterwards she signed copies of her book and then headed to Harbourfront for a reading at the Authors at Harbourfront Reading Series, along with Ruth Ozeki and Jennifer Close. It was a wonderful afternoon. Big thanks to Hachette Book Group for setting it up!
"The essence of the ersatz Rockefeller/Kennedy character is of course an epic, pathological narcissism, and this Gaige gets impressively right....Gaige writes beautifully....The novel's climactic chapter is also its best conceived: the item that brings about Schroder's downfall is perfect, both dramatic and mundane. The reader will realize that he or she has been given every detail necessary to see what was coming, yet didn't, which is plot-making of the highest order."
"Complicated and nuanced . . . the novel is absorbing, with a propulsive plot and a narrator who is charming, ambivalent, and searching-a man driven by love who understands that love cannot save him."
"It is contemplative, poetic certainly, but the narrative is urgent and concise and Gaige's storytelling effortlessly spontaneous."
"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."
Schroder is available now!