Now a major film, ‘Leave No Trace’, directed by Debra Granik ('Winter's Bone')
By Peter Rock
Now a major film directed by Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), which premiered at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals to critical acclaim.
'A beautiful, strange novel . . . Fascinating and moving, it tells with great tenderness how human love goes wrong' Ursula K. Le Guin
'The recent novel I recommend most . . . a short, disciplined, unsettling book' Hanya Yanagihara
Thirteen-year-old Caroline and her father live in Forest Park, an enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. Day to day, they live in an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water's edge, tend a garden and even keep a library of sorts. Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilised world. But one small mistake allows a jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence.
Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of its young narrator, Caroline, My Abandonment is a gripping journey into life in the wilderness and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope.
Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. My Abandonment won an Alex Award, the Utah Book Award, and been published in various countries and languages. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologised widely. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and other awards, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches writing at Reed College.
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28 Jun 2018
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Poignant . . . My Abandonment lingers in the mind, leaving you as haunted as its mesmerizing characters — New York Post
The recent novel I recommend most . . . a short, disciplined, unsettling book — Hanya Yanagihara
A beautiful, strange novel . . . Fascinating and moving, it tells with great tenderness how human love goes wrong — Ursula K. Le Guin
An electrically charged, bone-deep and tender tale of loss and partial redemption. Surreal, haunting, elegiac — James Ellroy
A book as fierce as it is tender, as tender as it is fierce — Junot Diaz