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Peter Rock

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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. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Rock authored Carnival Wolves, This Is The Place, The Ambidextrist, The Bewildered, The Unsettling, My Abandonment and, most recently, The Shelter Cycle.

Peter Rock currently teaches creative writing at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two young daug
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My Abandonment

3.55 avg rating — 3,708 ratings — published 2009 — 20 editions
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The Shelter Cycle

3.07 avg rating — 334 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
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Klickitat

3.03 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
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The Bewildered

3.20 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 2005 — 7 editions
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The Unsettling

3.63 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 2006 — 8 editions
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This Is the Place

3.47 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Carnival Wolves

3.74 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 1998
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The Ambidextrist

3.24 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 2002 — 7 editions
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Spells: A Novel Within Phot...

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
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Damn, is this the saddest book that ever was written? A beauty. I kind of can't believe I read it to my daughters, but was really moved how they kept reassuring each other that it was, in fact, "a really, really good book" even though someone died an ...more
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Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith
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I'm a huge fan of GLACIERS and so I was delighted to get my hands on an early copy of this new novel by Alexis Smith. Here, the same attention to detail, the same sureness of voice and vivid sentences--complicated emotions and physical descriptions m ...more
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The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
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Whoa. I read the first book in August (unfortunately took it on a trip, blazed through it, then knew the other three were back home), then had to take several months off while teaching. I read volumes 2-4 in a week and a half, submerged. Again, it's ...more
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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
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These books really are one long book, but this one is, I think, the richest of the four. Unbelievable how much goes on in these pages, and how it does. Transporting.
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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
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Damn. The way she collapses time in the first twenty pages and then man the ending--what she does in these books with the beginnings and the endings is amazing, astounding, all momentum--is really something. So much to be learned, here.
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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
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Okay, wow. What everyone was saying turned out to be true. As a writer, I've never felt so clumsy in my life. I can't wait to see what happens with these young women...

The sheer range of characterization, and the patience with so many different kinds
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My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård
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Damn, have I ever read a book with more premature ejaculations?

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Really funny, trenchant, boring and impossible to put down.

I'm in. Much to learn, here. Still, books 1 and 2 more impressive to me.
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The Guardians by Sarah Manguso
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Such a sad and compassionate and intelligent book. I'm really taken with her unsparing way.
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“It is important to always remember that at any time you think of it there are people being kept in buildings when they want to go outside.”
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“If you were to live your life like a prayer, every action a sort of prayer, it would be easy to believe that all your thoughts were the words of God. Perhaps they would be.”
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“Every problem I have comes from believing something to be true that is not true.”
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