The Books Behind the Summer's Best Movies
Check out the books that inspired the blockbusters and thoughtful indies of 2018. Read...and see!
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240 pages; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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In Leave No Trace, out June 29, a war veteran and his teenage daughter live off the grid in a forest near Portland, Oregon, using their survivalist skills to fend off human and animal threats. When they're caught by authorities, the movie opens up the question of whether returning to mainstream society is civilized if it causes so much separation and heartbreak. Peter Rock's excellent source novel, 2009's My Abandonment, doesn't focus on the father's post-traumatic stress disorder status as deeply, and it sends the two to a horse ranch instead of a Christmas tree farm. The biggest distinction, though, is that the book, narrated by the girl, is more a coming-of-age tale than a riff on survivalism or the social work system, rich with keen observations about the peculiarities about the adult world from a teen's perspective, capped by a knockout revelation in the climax about the most important adult in her life.
— Mark Athitakis