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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.
A Q&A with Peter Rock, Author of My Abandonment
(Photo © Ella Vining)
The engaging but limited perspective of 13-year-old Caroline, the hillbilly girl that lived in the park, reveals a highly circumscribed world. When first met, Caroline and Father are scavenging for materials to make a shelter in the forest park outside of Portland, Ore., where they seem to be hiding out. They make cautious trips into the city to the supermarket and the library, but a lapse by Caroline brings police attention, and they are taken into custody. Jean Bauer, whose profession is unclear, helps Father secure employment and brings pots and pans and school clothes for Caroline. Who are these two? Caroline walks past posters with my face on them, my old name, and no one sees me. Father says: If I weren't your father... how could I have walked right into your backyard and walked away with you and no one said a word? This is a tale of survival, of love and attachment, of mystery and alienation. It is an utterly entrancing book, a bow to Thoreau and a nod to the detective story. Every step of this narrative, despite providing more questions than answers, rings true. (Mar.)
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I'm not sure a child 10 yrs of age that had parents for 10 yrs would believe a man that said he was her Father and that her parents had adopted her. Read morePublished 2 days ago by gypsyartist
As good as you can expect for a book written by a man in the voice of a 12 year old girl.Published 4 months ago by RationalConsumer
My Abandonment by Peter Rock tells the story of Caroline, a 13 year old girl and her father, living in self made camps in Forest Park, a large nature preserve near Portland,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by storyteller
Even though this story is based on a true experience, it was depressing and hard to get through. We started reading it in a work book group and the feeling was pretty mutual.Published 8 months ago by Leslie Johnson
I found this book to be pretty fascinating, and really liked that the story idea came from an actual event that was similar in nature. Well written.Published 16 months ago by Jessica Burns
This book really tore at my heart. I was totally into it from the first page. Very intense at times and had to go get a Kleenex for my tears.Published 21 months ago by Vivyan Wagner
I thought I would really like this book and I did at first but the end was such a disappointment that it made me dislike the entire book.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a sweet story of the love between a father and daughter. They may be homeless, but they still have the love and respect for each other. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Debra S
I'm puzzle to read reviews that seem to only, or mainly, be concerned with: having complete sentences beign spoken, a nicely predicted end, a clear explanation for everything that... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marieli Peterson