Idaho (Paperback)Emily Ruskovich (author)
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Shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018
One family, one day, one inexplicable act of violence – and a lifetime spent trying to make sense of it.
That he would remember, that his fingers would do what they were supposed to do even in the midst of his horror, has something to do with the reason Ann loves him. One day, perhaps, everything will be gone from his mind except the click of the tailgate latch, and Ann will love him still.
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.
Told from multiple perspectives, this extraordinary debut novel from American author Emily Ruskovich is a beautiful, haunting reflection on memory, responsibility and compassion. Already lauded in the US, the San Francisco Chronicle commented ‘you could read Idaho just for the sheer beauty of the prose, the expert way Ruskovich makes everything strange and yet absolutely familiar… she startles with images so fresh, they make you see the world anew. An unforgettable work of lyrical fiction.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'Writing that has the cool sharpness of lemonade... Unflinching, unfrilly, multi-layered storytelling that is both beautiful and devastating - Rachel Joyce
'Hauntingly brilliant, this book will stay with you for days after you've put it down' - Evening Standard
'You're in masterly hands here... will remind many of the great Idaho novel, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping... wrenching and beautiful' - New York Times Book Review
'From the first page it is clear that Ruskovich's poetic, spare writing would be enough to compel on its own, but this extraordinary story of a violent event that decimates a young family in northern Idaho is the true engine here. It's a puzzle that enthrals from the outset.' - Lucy Clark, Guardian
'It's a set-up that reads straight out of the darkest of psychological thrillers ... That an act of such brutality inspires storytelling as beautiful as this is reason enough for this debut novel to stand out from the crowd' - Independent
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