Peter Rock had a prop to help him write My Abandonment: A toy horse decorated with acupuncture numbers he picked up in a shop in Portland’s Old Town. The novel is based on news accounts of a father and young daughter camping for four years in Forest Park. They were discovered, re-settled on a horse farm, then disappeared again.
In the book, Rock named the toy horse Randy and made it a precious possession of the girl. Much of his story picks up where the news accounts end. He says he probably could have found out more real details about the girl and her father, Frank, but he didn’t want to.
Rock kicked off our Northwest Passages series last spring and starts this week of special rebroadcasts as well. Do you remember the story when it was in the news? Have you read My Abandonment, or any of his other novels about lives on the edge? Or have you read a different, new book based on the same story? Share your thoughts here.
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OPB | April 16, 2015