My Abandonment

My Abandonment

eBook - 2009
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In the tradition of Jon Krakauer's "Into the Wild," Rock's "My Abandonment," inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of his young protagonist, offers a riveting and unsettling account of a girl and her father who live off the grid.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780547488646 (electronic bk.)
0547488645 (electronic bk.)
1299882412 (ebk)
9781299882416 (ebk)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC ROCK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (225 pages)
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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 w... Read More »

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Oct 16, 2018

If you picked up this book after seeing the movie Leave No Trace, which is based on it, as I did, you were probably surprised at the divergence of the story. The endings of the book and the movie are totally opposite. It was a great little movie with a comfortable ending. The book provoked more thought and required more willingness to think outside the box. I wondered about the title, My Abandonment. The question is--is the character being abandoned or doing the abandoning? And, what is being abandoned? Plenty of room for thought here.

Oct 03, 2018

I love books based on fact. A very eye opening view of homelessness. Narated by a 13 year old girl, I don't know where the male author found his inspiration but it was fascinating. Made me want to know more about the history of the father. Would also like to read a sequel.

Sep 03, 2018

Most Portlanders will remember the story that surfaced in the early 00s of a father and daughter living in Forest Park, which, if you're not from the city, is a large wooded park with hiking and biking trails. It's a fascinating story, and I was really looking forward to reading novelist and Reed professor Peter Rock's "My Abandonment," which was recently turned into the film "Leave No Trace." However, I was disappointed that it wasn't non-fiction, but, rather, inspired by the story. It seems a little like cheating, you know? And there was something problematic for me about an older male author appropriating their story and writing in the voice of a 13 year old girl. Worth reading, but, again, the true story is so compelling, why not just tell it? Also, "The Stranger in the Woods" and "Lean on Pete."

Jun 24, 2018

Soon to be a movie called Leave No Trace. That's how I discovered this wonderful book. All the blurbs below perfectly describe the narrative. The adjectives: disturbing, touching. Read in one sitting as I did. Everything is not exactly what it seems to be. The novel is based on a true story. Really liked this lots.

Jul 26, 2016

Different, the narrative swings to places one doesn't expect. Well-written and from a unique perspective.

May 30, 2016

Interesting , different , compelling , deep little novel . The jacket says it's based on true happenings . This story keeps you enthralled with wondering what's going to happen next to the girl and her father . Had a definite twist towards the end I never saw coming . Would be terrific if Author would write a sequel to this novel .

Sep 08, 2012

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.

thart Oct 19, 2011

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

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.

Mar 26, 2011

“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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