Boondocking: A Novel

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Bridge Works Pub., 1997 - Fiction - 226 pages
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Sylvia and Clayton Vaeth, nearing retirement age, abandon life in the working-class Maryland suburbs yet drag all the paraphernalia and complexities of domestic life behind them - in a travel trailer. They take to the road with their grandchild Rita to protect her from a pursuing son-in-law, Melvin, Rita's father, who in a drug-induced accident was responsible for the death of their only daughter, Janice. In scene after scene, Bauer's spare yet evocative language captures the resilience and gutsy determination of these ordinary people as they crisscross the country's back roads and campgrounds. They meet quirky characters, they have adventures, Rita gradually grows up - and the menacing specter of Melvin, searching for his daughter, is never far behind. There finally is a confrontation, from which they escape, and then another.

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Boondocking through the lower 48--traveling by recreational vehicle from one temporary campsite to another--isn't exactly the American Dream, nor are the Vaeths the ideal family. They embark on this ... Read full review

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This was a totally pointless rambling book. It was a struggle to finish it and I would not recommend it to anyone. Read full review



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About the author (1997)

Tricia Bauer was born and grew up in Baltimore. She began writing as a young girl and later studied poetry before turning to fiction writing. Tricia has written for newspapers and magazines and held editorial and marketing jobs with different children's book publishers. Her stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies throughout the U.S., and her nonfiction travel features have been published in "The New York Times" and" International Herald Tribune," Her first book, "Working Women and Other Stories," was published in 1995 to critical acclaim. "Boondocking" was first published in hardcover in 1997, and was selected for the Discover Great New Writers program. "Hollywood & Hardwood," her second novel, was published in spring 1999. Tricia now lives in Connecticut with her husband, playwright Bill Bozzone.

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