Review | My Abandonment

Peter Rock will be at TKE on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

Thirteen-year-old Caroline has been living with her father on the fringes of Portland in dense forest. No one knows of their existence, and they are living the lives of true innocents, living in tandem with the seasons, living off of the land itself–until one seemingly insignificant slip-up propels them back into the urban world, a world in which they are far less-suited to survive. Junot Diaz said, “My Abandonment is mesmerizing and disturbing, a book as fierce as it is tender, as tender as it is real.” His words are, if anything, an understatement. This is a book you won’t put down until you finish it, a book whose characters you’ll never forget. Reading it you’ll think about Elizabeth Smart and the wilderness of her captivity, perhaps about Opal Whiteley’s nature diaries and certainly of the woods themselves, which have seldom been brought to life in such vivid fashion. But most of all you will be ensnared by the adolescent voice of Caroline and by the world she inhabits–in real time and in her imagination. – Betsy Burton

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