The Bewildered by Peter Rock

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In Portland, Orgeon, three high school friends—Leon, Chris and Kayla—spend their time skateboarding studying foreign languages and classical music, and plotting a shared future that will avoid the superficiality they witness in the adult world around them. There is only one adult they admire, whom they suspect might hold secrets worth knowing.

Natalie lives alone in a decrepit trailer, yet seems happy, and to have few concerns. As they befriend her she persuades them to harvest copper wire from the high tension electrical lines in the countryside around the city, until one day when there is an accident in which Leon is electrocuted. He appears to shake it off, yet soon—despite his denials of anything being wrong—his behavior comes to resemble Natalie’s in many ways.

The mystery of what has happened to Leon (and to Natalie) leads Kayla and Chris on an adventure that takes them into the world of a remarkable group of people. These people live among us and are almost impossible to recognize, yet they possess different needs, and different powers. What they do not possess is insight into their condition, or any awareness that they are different. Others are left to wonder at—and attempt to profit from—the possibilities these people contain. Chris and Kayla are not alone in attempting to study, to use, and perhaps even to join their ranks.


About Peter Rock

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PETER ROCK is the author of five previous novels, most recently My Abandonment, and a collection of stories, The Unsettling. He teaches writing at Reed College.
Published April 8, 2005 by MacAdam/Cage. 303 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Preteen wasteland meets adult psychosis under rain-swept skies.

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Oddball teens and even odder adults people Rock's quietly mysterious latest novel (after 2001's The Ambidextrist ). Bonded by their disdain of their super

Feb 14 2005 | Read Full Review of The Bewildered

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