The Shelter Cycle (Paperback)

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“Riveting, suspenseful . . . Achieves a unique harmony between otherworldly beliefs and earthly realities.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Francine and Colville were childhood friends raised 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 prophesied apocalypse did not occur, the sect’s members resurfaced and the children were forced to grow up in a world they had 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?

“[A] remarkable, empathetic exploration of the nature of faith, meaning and happiness.” – Laura Miller,

About the Author

PETER ROCK is the author of several novels, including My Abandonment, and a collection of stories, The Unsettling. He teaches writing at Reed College. 

Praise For…

"A remarkable, empathetic exploration of the nature of faith, meaning and happiness."
—Laura Miller, Salon

"A beautifully lyrical, brooding and haunting tale of faith and faithfulness on the edge of civilization as we know it."
Shelf Awareness

"Peter Rock further demonstrates his literary finesse with this intense novel about two people who grew up with a spiritual clan bracing for the apocalypse. . . The real beauty in Rock’s narrative lies not in the carefully revealed secrets, but in the curious humanity within each of them."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A metaphysically haunting, shape-shifting novel that keeps the reader off balance and can't be fully appreciated until its climax."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Expertly imagined, eminently readable, and inarguably haunting."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544289635
ISBN-10: 0544289633
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 224
Language: English