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Repercussions Hardcover – February 8, 2016
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"Schneider spans continents, decades, and generations... with vivid immediacy. The diverse cast of characters is deftly drawn... The novel is finely plotted and lucidly written, with touches of sensuality and lyricism and a keen attention to emotional truth."
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Anthony Schneider has been published in McSweeney's, Conjunctions, Mid-American Review, and Details. Born in South Africa and educated in the United States, he divides his time between London and New York.
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Bouncing back and forth between times, places, and character perspectives, this book is essentially the story of Henry, a man born in Lithuania, raised in England and then South Africa, and ultimately fleeing to New York where he starts raises his son, retires, and grows old. I don't want to say too much and spoil the journey for other readers, but as the book goes on the reader learns more about his somewhat naive participation in the ANC during his adolescence and early adulthood, and the price he pays for his decisions -both personal and professional. But it touches on something deeper than his individual story, and resonates with anyone who feels they've never quite mastered "adulting" or who have had to take the good and the bad that comes along with their personal ideals and beliefs, who questions their every decision during parenthood (or not, being a parent is not in any way a required pre-requisite for identifying strongly with the somewhat universal concerns and emotions Henry experiences).
Simply, this book is a compelling and masterfully written story of one man and his family, their journey through life and idealistic struggles.
This is the type of book that makes the Goodreads Giveaways the best program ever: I would likely have never stumbled upon this title had I not seen it listed as a giveaway (and subsequently won a preview copy), and I would have been worse off if I'd never had a chance to read this book.
Anthony Schneider did an amazing job and I hope this book makes it to the top of every bestseller list, where it deserves to be.
Schneider may be a new novelist, but this book hopefully won't be his last.