Back in 2004 a girl and her father were found living in Forest Park, a wooded area near the city of Portland. They had been there over four years, the girl had been home schooled by the father and, other than lacking in social skills, was wise beyond her years. Once their situation was discovered, they were taken in by the proper authorities and questioned. After it was apparent that the girl was in good health and technically no crime (other than park living) was being committed, they were released. Donations of money, clothes, and necessities came in from the community. The father was given a job at a local farm, where the two were also allowed to live. Things seemed to be going well when one day they vanished, presumably to retreat back into the outskirts because the father didn't like all the attention their story had gotten. Searches were conducted but they were never seen or heard from again.
My Abandonment is based on that father and daughter. From what I can tell the first part of the book is a mildly factual account of their life in the woods, up until and including being discovered and questioned. Everything after that comes from the authors imagination, which sort of makes it feel like two books in one. The first half of the book, while interesting, is somewhat slow moving. Whereas the second half, moves quickly, is far more attention grabbing, and I couldn't put it down.Things take a turn and you realize that everything isn't as it seems.
This book was frustrating in a lot of ways because it left so many unanswered questions. Although in fairness this isn't the fault of the author. I'm aching to know more about the father and daughter, but the information just isn't out there. When I finished reading this, I was almost disgusted by how things turned out. Yet, I can't stop thinking about the story and parts of it have really stuck with me.
I thought about doing an Open Discussion on this book but it's by a local author and I just don't think it's readily accessible to enough people to make an internet discussion possible. But there are so many parts of the story that I want to discuss with someone but can't really talk about it here without giving away large chunks of it. So if you're ever able to get your hands on a copy, I'd love to hear your thoughts.