The Shelter Cycle

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Fiction - 214 pages
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An American original, Peter Rock brings our strangest beliefs to vivid and sympathetic life in this haunting novel inspired by true events.

The Shelter Cycle tells the story of two children, Francine and Colville, who grew up in the Church Universal and Triumphant, a religion that predicted the world could end in the late 1980s. While their parents built underground shelters to withstand the impending Soviet missile strike, Francine and Colville played in the Montana wilderness, where invisible spirits watched over them. When the prophesized apocalypse did not occur, the sect’s members resurfaced and the children were forced to grow up ina world they believed might no longer exist.

Twenty years later, Francine and Colville are reunited while searching for an abducted girl. Haunted by memories and inculcated beliefs, they must confront the Church’s teachings. If all the things they were raised to believe were misguided, why then do they suddenly feel so true?
 

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User Review  - Beamis12 - LibraryThing

I had not previously heard of the Church Universal and Triumphant, but I have heard of their leader who was Elizabeth Clare Prophet. They were a church in the seventies, that believed the world would ... Read full review

THE SHELTER CYCLE

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A metaphysically haunting, shape-shifting novel that keeps the reader off balance and can't be fully appreciated until its climax.In the "Acknowledgments" following the novel, Rock (My Abandonment ... Read full review

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Contents

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Back Matter
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Back Cover
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About the author (2013)

PETER ROCK is the author of five previous novels, most recently My Abandonment . The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and other awards, he is a professor in the English department of Reed College.

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