Idaho 1

A Novel

by Emily Ruskovich

Paperback Publication Date: 30/01/2017

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One family, one day, one act of inexplicable violence and a lifetime spent trying to make sense of it

One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the time.

But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.

In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.

Contemporary fiction
Publication Date:
Penguin Random House
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Emily Ruskovich

Emily Ruskovich grew up in the Idaho Panhandle, on Hoodoo mountain. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope, One Story and The Virginia Quarterly Review. A winner of a 2015 O.

Henry Award and a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she now teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver. Idaho is her first novel.

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  • One of the most exciting debuts this year

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    The premise of this book hints at a classic thriller novel with courageous heroine struggling to prove her innocence. Idaho is not that novel. Told from multiple perspectives, this is the story of how families and lives are fractured apart by violence and the way grief transforms us over years and decades intermingling with the loss of memory. It's a book obsessed with the enormous beauty of mountain life and the unique way that time moves therein. It makes for fascinating reading and had me hooked right to the last sentence.

    Sharp, psychological, and often breathtakingly written, Idaho is so much more than what meets the eye.