Indie Next ListFebruary 2013
This deeply layered novel about an embattled father reclaiming his only joy drew me in with the intense beauty of its language and the doomed journey of its unreliable narrator. In Erik Schroder, Gaige gives us a character who should repel but whom I loved for his humanity and the way he expressed his love for his daughter and she, her love for him. Schroder takes the reader into the arrested heart of a foreigner whose need to appear American is ultimately his undoing. That we care about him is a testament to Gaige's skill and compassion. -- Vicki DeArmon, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA
Attending summer camp as a boy, Erik Schroder--a first-generation East German immigrant--adopts the name of Eric Kennedy, a decision that will set him on an improbable and transformative journey.