Peter Rock wrote his new novel, My Abandonment, because he couldn’t get a news story out of his head. In 2004, runners in Portland’s vast Forest Park spotted the makeshift home of a man and his 12 year old daughter. They had lived in the park for four years. Police picked them up and they were resettled on a horse farm. Then they disappeared again.
Rock told the Oregonian that questions about the father and daughter consumed him:
What is our reality, and what is theirs? Is this a happy story? Is this a good life for her? How did they live? How did they escape? It kept bugging me and bugging me.
My Abandonment is Rock’s fourth novel. Each immersed him in a new subject, always along the fringe of society. He teaches writing at Reed College as well. Grab a copy of My Abandonment before June 4 and share your reactions and questions for Peter Rock here.
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017