Caroline is a 13 year old girl, who lives with her father. Her father is a gentle but haunted Vietnam war vet, and for the last four years, the two have called home, a little make shift shelter in Forest Park, a large nature preserve outside Portland, Oregon.
It is there in the forest where Caroline is home-schooled by her father using encyclopedias and other books from the library. The two wear camouflage clothing, to avoid being seen by helicopters which pass overhead. They avoid contact with other people to avoid being detected, and her father teaches Caroline daily survival skills. For example, she learns that if you sharpen a pencil, you must pick up the shavings to remain undetected. The two make occasional trips to the grocery store and library, but before long they are detected by a jogger and the authorities intervene. Soon their entire relationship is questioned, and things change dramatically.
My Abandonment, was an interesting and somewhat haunting audio book. I enjoyed Caroline chronicling what their daily lives were like. I also was touched by the way she seemed to be able to calm her father’s paranoid dreams and thoughts. On the negative side, there were a few unanswered questions when this story ended, which for me was somewhat disappointing. Despite this it is one of those stories that I will continue to think about for some time to come.
RATING – 4/5 / COMPLETED –
Where From - Library