Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Abandonment

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."

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