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Peter Rock (1) (1967–)

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Verk av Peter Rock

My Abandonment (2008) 567 exemplar
The Shelter Cycle (2013) 70 exemplar
Klickitat (2016) 52 exemplar
The Night Swimmers (2019) 45 exemplar
Passersthrough (2022) 26 exemplar
The Bewildered (2005) 24 exemplar
The Unsettling (2006) 21 exemplar
This Is the Place (1997) 19 exemplar
The Ambidextrist (2002) 15 exemplar
Carnival Wolves (1998) 12 exemplar


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Twenty five years before this book begins, Helen, age eleven, disappears while on a camping trip with her father, Benjamin. She’s found a week later, a hundred miles from where she disappeared. The circumstances are never explained, and the incident leads to a divorce. Now, after the death of her mother, Helen tries to reconnect with Benjamin, but after her visit, her contact is mostly through faxes and phone calls.

Benjamin has a chance encounter with Melissa and Cisco, siblings who live near him, and who seem to know what happened all those years ago. They try to help Benjamin understand what happened. As the book progresses, odd things begin to happen, creating an eerie atmosphere to the novel.

The narration of the audiobook by Eric Jason Martin was outstanding, helping to create an atmosphere, not so much of dread, but of creepiness and oddness. The book itself doesn’t really have an ending (which I normally hate but somehow have no problem with in this book), leaving one to provide their own vision as to what happened.

My thanks to HighBridge Audio and to Netgalley for providing an ALC of this fascinating novel.
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luke66 | 1 annan recension | Oct 22, 2022 |
The blurb for Passersthrough made the book sound really interesting. Sadly I never really got into the story. Hard to explain really more than it felt like the book just felt messy and you're left with questions. I just felt dissatisfied after finishing it. Was this it?

Thankfully it's a short book, otherwise, I would probably have dnf it.
MaraBlaise | 1 annan recension | Jul 23, 2022 |
Caroline and her father live a simple, meager existence, shrouded in Forest Park, a nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. Ostensibly homeless, they have built a secluded home in the woods, complete with garden, library, and shower. Caroline reads the encyclopedia and runs barefoot in the forest, exploring the boundaries of her domain. Occasionally, she and her father visit the nearby town for food, the library, his SS check, but mostly stay out of the reach of other people.

Peter Rock's My Abandonment is really a huge surprise. This slim novel examines their lives with dazzling, electric prose, starting with the childish naivete of the opening pages, to the shock of her father's subsequent unraveling, to the quiet mournful remembrance at the end. As each chapter unfolds, a stranger, more twisted history evolves, yet Rock writes with a tenderness that belies the darker truths.

Read this. Jeez, it will only take an hour. Okay, maybe two, but it's worth it.

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JasonChambers | 38 andra recensioner | Dec 16, 2021 |
This is a different sort of an animal when compared to Peter Rock’s other novels. He plays more with time; the story line becomes fantastical or down right surreal at points. Here’s an author who takes his reader somewhere different than he has before. Rock may lose some of those loyal fans, but I for one was most accepting and loved the feel, the texture, and the sexual tension that he brought to this story. He can’t explain exactly what transpired on one of the long swims in the dark waters on Lake Michigan because his first-person character wasn’t there for the disappearance. What?

Okay, let me back up. When we first meet him, our never-named narrator is a 26-year-old recent college graduate who aspires to write (that part is most autobiographical) has returned to the lake’s shores and swims long and hard in the dark of night in the active and mysterious waters of Lake Michigan. One night he looks over and discovers he’s been joined by a woman who’s possibly more than twenty years his senior. They are well matched in their swimming abilities and eventually the young writer removes his trunks to match her nude swimming style.

She, Mrs. Abel, is a widow and there is a curious friendship that forms around their swimming. She lives in a nearby cabin on the shore and has no shame about nudity. And while he is most definitely sexually attracted to her, they remain just friends. One night they swim to a new area of the lake and discover a shoal below the surface of the water. As they are both standing on it, Mrs. Abel disappears. He swims and dives all around and cannot find her. Later he even searches with a small boat, but he is never able to find her. After about three days—time during which he tells nobody of her disappearance—she is back and slowly talks about how she felt the shoal open up under her. She fell down through the opening and into a place where there were a series of rooms. The story is vague and nonspecific beyond that.

Twenty years later, our narrator returns to the family cabin with his wife and two daughters. His family meets Mrs. Abel and the girls are truly fascinated by her. The full story of that earlier disappearance of Mrs. Abel is never resolved with any clarity and the book ends with no clear resolution to much of anything. At night, he continues to swim back and forth in front of her cabin, but she never joins him again for a late-night swim. This is a story as murky and with as many cross currents and tales of mysterious shipwrecks and disappearances as the book’s third main character—the dark waters of Lake Michigan. Ursula K. LeGuin said this of Peter Rock. “A master at making strange behavior and strange situations utterly believable and filling them with unbearable suspense.” There are a number of memories and repressed memories at work here. He even tries using some artifacts left from those previous time to recreate things, to discover some answers, but it proves unsuccessful.

I loved this book, and once again I feel Vicky’s absence so strongly. I so want to hand her this book, and see what she would make of the latest from one of our favorite authors. In so many ways, I’m curious, curious, curious.
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jphamilton | 3 andra recensioner | Jun 7, 2021 |



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