A lyrical and deeply affecting novel recounting
the seven days a father spends on the road with his daughter after kidnapping
her during a parental visit
Attending a New England summer camp, young Eric
Schroder—a first-generation East German immigrant—adopts the last name Kennedy
to fit in more easily, 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. Download and start listening now!