“HAUNTING, PROPULSIVE AND GORGEOUSLY WRITTEN, THIS IS A DEBUT NOT TO BE MISSED.”
a textured, emotionally intricate story of deliverance...a completely immersive world. Ruskovich allows her characters deep and active imaginations, imbuing them with dignity and humanity. Each has the power to break your heart.
—O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
"A wrenching and beautiful book."
—New York Times
FROM O. HENRY-AWARD WINNING AUTHOR EMILY RUSKOVICH COMES A STUNNING DEBUT NOVEL ABOUT LOVE AND SACRIFICE, FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIP, THE VIOLENCE OF MEMORY AND THE EQUAL VIOLENCE OF ITS LOSS.
Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade's first wife and to their daughters. In a story written in exquisite prose and told from multiple perspectives—including Ann, Wade, and Wade’s first wife 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 through the lives of every character in Idaho.
ONE FAMILY, ONE DAY,
ONE ACT OF INEXPLICABLE VIOLENCE—
AND A LIFETIME SPENT TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT.
New York Times Editor's choice
edgar first novel award finALIST
AN LA TIMES BESTSELLER
A 2018 WINNER OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST BOOK AWARD
NOMINEE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE
a buzzfeed best book of the year
A Barnes and Noble Great New writers Selection
New York times 17 anticipated books in 2017
You know you’re in masterly hands here. Ruskovich’s language is itself a consolation, as she subtly posits the troubling thought that only decency can save us….Ruskovich’s novel will remind many readers of the great Idaho novel, Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping …. [A] wrenching and beautiful book.”
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR IDAHO