When we last saw Albert Schmidt Esq. (“Schmidtie” to all near and dear), he had been expelled from paradise: his love Carrie, the Puerto Rican waitress 40 years his junior, had taken up with a blond giant nearer her age and possibly the father of her baby - assuming it isn’t Schmidt. Meanwhile, his only confirmed child, Charlotte, had proposed a truce in their perennially strained relations, which Schmidt accepted, despite its obliging him to resume dealings with her repulsive husband and her mother-in-law-cum-psychiatrist, whose life’s work has been turning Charlotte decisively against Schmidt.
What did you love best about Schmidt Steps Back?
Extremely well narrated.
What did you like best about this story?
The setting both on the East Coast of the US and in Paris. The internal travails of the main character.
What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
It makes the entire story a lot more powerful, and humane...
If you could take any character from Schmidt Steps Back out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Mike Massour. He is one fascinating, funny character.