My Abandonment is still twisting around in my brain, which I always take to mean well-written-the characters are often still poking me. I do think this is a literary story but I am left with questions.
Good Reads Synopsis:
A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, the enormous nature preserve in Portland,Oregon. They inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water's edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week, they go to the city to buy groceries, attend church, and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover
them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight.
I enjoyed Caroline's narrator voice and the in-the-present-moment telling of this tale. The father obviously has had trouble fitting back into society after his soldier experience. He is paranoid and has taught his daughter how to stay below the radar in any given situation. I'm torn as to whether this is really his daughter. Rock has left it up to the reader to decide and I feel like I've fallen into a paranoid trap by thinking automatically that she has been kidnapped. Why do we assume the worst? It is perfectly logical that a father, having experienced war at it's worst, would lose his daughter to a foster situation but then still want her back. When the police do pick them up they must run her picture, right? If she truly were a kidnapped child wouldn't it show up then.