My Abandonment: A Novel

Paperback | April 2, 2010

byPeter Rock

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A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, an enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. They inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water's edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight. Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of its young narrator, Caroline, My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope.

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A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, an enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. They inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water's edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries...

PETER ROCK is the author of five previous novels, most recently My Abandonment , and a collection of stories, The Unsettling . He teaches writing at Reed College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.05 × 8.78 × 0.63 inPublished:April 2, 2010Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156035529

ISBN - 13:9780156035521

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing My Abandonment, which is based on a true story is about a 13 year old girl and her father who live in Forest Park, a nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. They inhabit a cave, shower in the rain and tend garden. Once a week they go into town to buy groceries and go to the library. Caroline, the daughter, is home schooled by her father. The father is a back to nature type who is a loner and wants to keep his 'business' to himself. One day a jogger happens by their camp and because Caroline has made a mistake discovers their existence. They are taken in by police and eventually found a position on a horse farm. Unable to cope with civilization they flee again. I found the first half of the book intriguing and was sympathetic to the pair. Where Rock deviates into the fictional part of the story I had trouble with the plausibility of the story. The first half of the book I would rate a 9.5, the second half a 7.
Date published: 2013-03-28

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MY ABANDONMENT 'Peter Rock's My Abandonment is an electrically charged, bone-deep and tender tale of loss and partial redemption. Surreal, haunting, elegiac.' -James Ellroy'This beautiful, strange novel takes us into the foreign country where those called homeless are at home, the city is wilderness, and the greater wilderness lies beyond. Fascinating and moving, it tells with great tenderness how human love goes wrong.'-Ursula K. Le Guin"