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.
About the Author
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.
"Writing that has the cool sharpness of lemonade... Unflinching, unfrilly, multi-layered storytelling that is both beautiful and devastating" -- Rachel Joyce "Idaho, Emily Ruskovich's debut novel, is about not only loss, grief and redemption, but also, most interestingly, the brutal disruptions of memory... you're in masterly hands here... will remind many of the great Idaho novel, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping... wrenching and beautiful" -- Smith Henderson New York Times Book Review "Breathtakingly written, haunting and heartbreaking, Idaho lingers long after it's finished" -- Louise Rhind-Tutt iNews "Devastating... a textured, emotionally intricate story of deliverance... Ruskovich's writing is a deft razor" O, The Oprah Magazine "In this stunning debut novel, Emily Ruskovich introduces us to Ann and Wade, who have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho. But as Wade's memory begins to fade, Ann becomes determined to learn more about her husband's first wife, Jenny, and their daughters. What Ann discovers is a mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny's lives. Hauntingly brilliant, this book will stay with you for days after you've put it down" -- Liz Connor Evening Standard, 2017 Books of the Year
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th January 2017
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.4