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Emily Harris

Northwest Passages: Peter Rock

OPB | June 4, 2009 9 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 8:53 p.m.

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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