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My Abandonment

A Novel
Narrated by: Tai Sammons
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen-year-old Caroline and her father have lived for four years on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, in Forest Park. He has homeschooled her using encyclopedias and books from the library while also teaching her a rigid code of behavior that enables them to survive in this wilderness. Yet one small mistake allows the authorities to discover them. Their forced relocation to a horse farm outside of the city becomes only a brief respite to their deeper flight from a world that can't understand them.
©2009 Peter Rock (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Top Ten Northwest Books of 2009 (The Oregonian)
“Tai Sammons's narration commands attention….Definitely a worthwhile listen.” ( AudioFile)
“Utterly entrancing….Every step of this narrative…rings true.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“This beautiful, strange novel takes us into the foreign country where those called homeless are at home; the city is wilderness, and the greater wilderness lies beyond. Fascinating and moving, it tells with great tenderness how human love goes wrong.” (Ursula Le Guin)

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Wonderful story

A wonderful, wonderful story. This story is a beautiful mix of innocence and knowledge as explored though the relationship between a father and 13-year old daughter. The father is a military veteran who does not trust "society". He is raising his daughter to survive in this environment. The story is told from the perspective of the daughter. I came to this book after seeing the trailer for the film "Leave no trace". get it. you won't be disappointed.

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  • Asa
  • odessa, NY, United States
  • 11-15-12

Worth the time. Fun, interesting.

What did you love best about My Abandonment?

Each time the story took a major turn I thought I knew where it was going and anticipated a boring cliche, but it didn't deliver any. Instead it was a journey through a perspective that unfurls and changes with time.Sort of a day in the life, but not your average life, and not just one day.

What other book might you compare My Abandonment to and why?

Tideland? (movie) not plot but sort of perspective style, if it took place near Portland. This book is so Portland.

Any additional comments?

It's not going on my best of shelf with Dune or anything, but I'd say I got my money's worth and am glad I "read" it.

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Challenging and Poignant

At first, this novel seems like an idealist account of how a father and daughter have managed to live simply and close to nature. I thought of Walden, and tiny houses and how you can feel dead inside after working sixty hours a week so you can buy expensive gadgets advertisers claim you absolutely must have. I was rooting for the rebels when authorities tried to force them to accept a more conventional way of life. But as the story progressed, disturbing questions about mental health and stunted development arose. A surprisingly complex and thought-provoking story.

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Loved this book

I couldn't get enough of this book and was so glad to have time without my kids listen to it. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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A real good storyline.

This was a great story and i enjoyed it very much. i WI have to see the movie.

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Good story.

I judge a book on how eager I am to get back in the car to continue listening. This book was very well written with lots of detail and interesting perspective. The primary characters are well developed and you understand them as much as the author wants you to. Once you start, it's hard to stop listening.

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truth, another word for belief

This story spoke to me of the layers of our world open to inspection, for those who care to look.

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Disturbingly Satisfying

This sparse yet intensely captivating story touched a part of me that yearns to wander without attachments, just to see where my feet might go, and to listen to the cold wind in the morning.

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Like to watch surgery?

...or maybe a car accident. Awful things happening and lives ruined. Mental illness and abuse. If you like these things you will love this book.

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I Miss Him

Caroline ' s father was a unique, self managed persin. I missed his character for the last two chapters so much. He was so large and committed. Caroline ' s reflection of her life and his joined together was worth consideration..Just how are we living.

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