Author & Editor: Amity Gaige and Cary Goldstein
Thursday February 7, 2013
As part of our ongoing series investigating how a book comes into being, Amity Gaige sat down with her editor Cary Goldstein of Hachette's imprint Twelve and discussed her new novel Schroder.
Schroder is 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 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.
Amity Gaige is the author of the novels O My Darling and The Folded World. Her essays, articles, and stories have appeared in various publications, including The Yale Review, The Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, residencies at the MacDowell and Yaddo Colonies, a Baltic Writing Residency Fellowship, and in 2006, she was recognized by the National Book Foundation as one of five outstanding emerging writers under thirty-five. She is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College. Her new novel Schroder will be published by Twelve in February 2013. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family.
Cary Goldstein is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Twelve. Among the books he has edited at Twelve are: Jerry Weintraub's memoir When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead, written with Rich Cohen; Benjamin Hale's debut novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore; Mortality and Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens; and Christopher Buckley's novel, They Eat Puppies, Don't They? Prior to joining Twelve, Goldstein was the Associate Director of Publicity at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where he began his career as an intern in 1996. He has also been senior publicist at Basic Books, Director of National Poetry Month for The Academy of American Poets, and features editor at BarnesandNoble.com.