My Abandonment

by Peter Rock

My Abandonment

Paperback, 225 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, List Price: $13.95 | purchase

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Living with her father in a nature preserve in Portland, Oregon, thirteen-year-old Caroline only merges with the civilized world once a week when they go into the city, but an encounter with a backcountry jogger derails their entire existence.

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Peter Rock's My Abandonment takes its inspiration from the true story of a young girl discovered living with her father in a makeshift hidden shelter in Portland, Ore.'s Forest Park. In Rock's novel, 13-year-old Caroline fully accepts her charismatic father's dictum that they live in isolation and hiding, trusting no one but each other. Yet the crystalline ingenuousness of Caroline's voice increasingly reveals "Father" as a paranoid megalomaniac who may be a danger to her. Rock

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