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In Portland, Orgeon, three high school friends?Leon, Chris and Kayla?spend their time skateboarding studying foreign languages and classical music, and plotting a shared future that will avoid the superficiality they witness in the adult world around them. There is only one adult they admire, whom they suspect might hold secrets worth knowing. Natalie lives alone in a decr ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by MacAdam/Cage
(first published 2005)
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I read this book because I liked Rock's latest book. In "My Abandonment" reference was made to a bald woman and bald child in an electrical housing unit. In an interview, Rock refers to this woman and child as characters typical of those from "The Bewildered". I wanted to know who these people were so, of course, I had to read the book. Again, it was difficult to put the book down because I wanted to know where the book was going. The book was predominantly make believe and was like a spin simil ...more
the city of Portland seems to be the main character in this book, for that it was mildly amusing having lived there, but too much of the story is framed around this city that would isolate the majority of other readers who aren't familiar with the area. This element of presumption and disregard (another example....characters dialoguing in foreign languages that the reader not versed in Japanese can't understand) for the reader is a turn-off. The rest of the story and it's characters seemed under ...more
I wish I could give this book 2.5 stars instead of just two. It shouldn't be three stars though. The novel takes place in Portland although there's no compelling reason for the setting. At first it read more like a young adult novel and it probably should have been...not in a bad way...it just sounded like it might appeal to a younger audience. The main characters are 15 years old, and the adults are dramatized as if from the kids' perspectives. The book is about electricity and I would say to r ...more
I read My Abandonment by Rock and enjoyed it so I went back are tried to read his older stuff. I have been cosistently dissapointed. This book is about three kids and a strange woman and some weirdness. Nearly all of his books has been weird, but not in a way that I enjoy. He is a popular author so there must be a lot of people that "get" his stuff. Not me, I give up I will not be reading any more of his stuff.
A Utah-native, Peter Rock attended Deep Springs College in California's High Desert. He earned his 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 widely. H ...moreMore about Peter Rock