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Idaho by Ruskovich, Emily
Idaho: A Novel
by Ruskovich, Emily
 
A stunning debut novel about love, memory, and an act of violence that reverberates through one family for decades
 
Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged terrain in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. Wade’s past is the center of Ann’s imagination, especially as the memories that haunt Wade begin to disappear inside of his illness. In a wild emotional and physical landscape, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. Ann becomes determined to understand the family she never knew—and to take responsibility for them, reassembling their lives, and her own.
 
In this startling and beautiful novel, written in exquisite prose and told from multiple perspectives—including Ann, Wade, and Jenny, now serving a life sentence in prison—we gradually learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny’s lives, of the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and of the memories that reverberate throughout the lives of every character in Idaho.
 
Advance praise for Idaho
 
Idaho is both a place and an emotional dimension. Haunted, haunting, Ruskovich’s novel winds through time, braiding events and their consequences in the most unexpected and moving ways.”—Andrea Barrett
 
Idaho begins with a rusted truck and ends up places you couldn’t imagine. Its language is an enchantment, its vision brutal and sublime. This book is interested in what can’t be repaired and every kind of grace we find in the face of that futility. It caught and held me absolutely.”—Leslie Jamison
 
“Emily Ruskovich’s Idaho is a novel written like music. Striking arpeggios, haunting refrains, and then you come to a bridge, and Ruskovich leads you up into the mountains, introducing a chorus of rich and beautiful voices woven deep in the Idaho woods, each trying to come to their own understanding of a terrible tragedy. This book is full of extraordinary women and men overcoming extraordinary loss through love and forgiveness. Ruskovich digs deeply into everyday moments, and shows that it is there, in our quietest thoughts and experiences, where we find and create our true selves.”—Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief
 
“It’s been six years since I first read Emily Ruskovich’s breathtaking prose, felt the force of her unsparing imagination, and knew I was in the presence of a singular talent. I’ve been waiting for the novel she would write ever since.”—Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams
 
“Emily Ruskovich has written a poem in prose, a beautiful and intricate homage to place, and a celebration of the defeats and triumphs of love. Beautifully crafted, emotionally evocative, and psychologically astute, Idaho is one of the best books I have read in a long time.”—Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under the Udala Trees
 
“Emily Ruskovich has intricately entwined a terrifying human story with an austere and impervious setting. The result—something bigger than either—is beautiful, brutal, and incandescent.”—Deirdre McNamer, author of Red Rover
 
Published January, 2017 by Random House Publishing Group, Hardcover, ISBN: 9780812994049, ISBN-10: 0812994043, List Price $27.00.

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