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My Abandonment

Rock, Peter

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Abandonment
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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. nbsp;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. nbsp;
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 0156035529
9780156035521
0151014140
9780151014149
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROCK 2009
Characteristics: 225 p. ;,22 cm

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Thirteen-year old Caroline has been raised and home-schooled by her father in a wild nature preserves on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. They follow a rigid code that enables them to survive in the wilderness. Yet one small mistake allows the authorities to discover them and their forced reloc... Read More »

Inspired by a true story, Rock offers a riveting and unsettling account of a girl and her father who live off the grid in the forest park outside Portland, Oregon.

This novel tells the story of a 13-year-old girl and her father who live 'off the grid' in Forest Park in the hills above Portland.


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Sep 08, 2012
  • bookyb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in one day...compelling story of a girl and her father, fighting for their preferred way of life in the face of the demands of social, and legal, norms. Melancholy and speculative.

Oct 19, 2011
  • thart rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Read for book club (4/2011). I liked the book but it is not a happy-go-lucky read. You feel bad for her living conditions yet can see positive things that her life has at the same time, essentially homeless in a forest area/park. Some disturbing things definitely happen in the novel and it had a twist I was not expecting because I did not know it was based off a true story when I read it (found out when we discussed it). Frightens any parent to the core.

Oct 18, 2011
  • okbookgirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of those books you start reading and cannot stop...I read it in one evening. Strange and compelling. Rock draws you into Caroline's world, and you are never quite sure where you are or where you are heading. A small but deep novel.

“My Abandonment” is a story about a father and daughter living off the grid, and in a park in the Pacific Northwest, with a twist that I never saw coming. This is a quick read with a satisfying ending.

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