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Boondocking

1997 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers book
"Now with her first novel, Boondocking, Bauer confirms that she is indeed a force to be reckoned with. In this finely crafted novel, Bauer examines the world of a retired couple and the subculture of RV travel...Bauer has done the small miracle of taking an unseemly set of circumstances and turning out a wholly believable story, with a sensitive portrayal of the emotional life of a non-traditional family."

January 1998, one of eight books named to Kirkus Reviews' Annual List of the Also Deserving

Library Journal's Best First Novels list


"In this surprising gem of a first novel, Bauer writes with a fresh eye for the minutiae of everyday life, reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver and Bobbie Ann Mason." Jo Manning, Library Journal

"Boondocking is a story about an unusual -- and mostly unknown -- way of American life. It is about the new American family, grandparents raising grandchildren. Bauer's writing is graceful and spare, her characters genuine." Janet Cooper, The Providence Journal

"Bookdocking is unique in its focus on the subculture of RVers...Skillfully written...The novel's premise is wonderful, and Bauer, author of the acclaimed story collection Working Women and Other Stories, is clearly talented...Fascinating, generative premise..Reads quickly and well." Melissa Pritchard, Chicago Tribune

"You DO want to find out what happens, and finding out out is well worth an occasional bump in the ride." Andrea Higbie, The New York Times Book Review

"Tricia Bauer has a keen eye for detail, which she uses to good effect in her first novel, Boondocking...Bauer not only provides a vivid, believable account of the Vaeths and their adventures on the road, but she also offers a closer look at the many ways in which trailer-life affects their sense of themselves and their perception of the world spinning by around them." Merle Rubin, The Christian Science Monitor

"Bauer writes easily and well, and is adept at showing the essential poetry in simplicity...Bauer details a unique portrait of a transient RV 'culture.'" Debra Ginsberg, The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Rita's childhood and adolescence are journeys within a journey, insightfully described as the novel explores the evolving configurations of family and diverse definitions of 'home.'" Colleen Kelly Warren, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Is exploring seldom touched ground in contemporary literature -- finding your way in retirement, when for many people the usual signposts in life are cast aside: work, the house where children were raised, proximity to family and friends, and the common rises and falls of a structured daily life...Bauer is strong at drawing her main characters." John A. Cutter, St. Petersburg (FL) Times

"Anyone who has wanted to sell his house, give up most of his possessions and hit the road in a recreational vehicle should enjoy reading Boondocking." The Chattanooga Times

"This is a compassionately told story about the unexpected twists in life and the accommodations that must be made." Enid Robbins, Booklist

"Bauer's novel has been drawing critical praise for its compassionate look at ordinary people and everyday life...Boondocking reveals some of the compensations of coping with change and loss: adventure, unexpected friendships, the camaraderie of the campsites, new-found courage, and deep family ties." Virginia Read, American Bookseller magazine feature