My Abandonment by Peter Rock
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.
First Line: "Sometimes you're walking through the woods when a stick leaps into the air and strikes you across the back and shoulders several times, then flies away lost in the underbrush."