Amity Gaige’s third novel, Schroder , drew relatively little attention when it came out in February. Somewhat understandably: An epistolary novel by a cracked man who’s effectively kidnapped his daughter is a tough sell. But the title character is a fascinating unreliable narrator. Gaige tracks his slow decline, from a childhood escape from East Germany to the crazed logic that makes him think keeping a dead fox in the yard would be a fun science experiment for the kid. This failed bid for father of the year is hard to sympathize with, but Gaige’s command has a sneaky way of making you feel for him regardless.

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