Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Idaho

A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss--from O. Henry Prize-winning author Emily RuskovichAnn 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, Jenny, and to their daughte...


Details Idaho

TitleIdaho
ISBN9780812984460
Author
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherRandom House Trade
GenreFiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Literary Fiction
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Reviews Idaho

  • Elyse
    1970-01-01
    5 STRONG STARS!!!!! Oh my gosh... I don't think I've been this excited about a new author --LIKE THIS-- --- since 2014--- when I first read Robin Black's novel "Life Drawing".Emily Ruskovich's debut novel "Idaho" has knocked me over!!! ( I almost skipped this one too - which would have been a huge mistake). The writing is beautiful and brilliant. Details come slowly...yet I was hanging onto every word - every emotion and thought which came with t...
  • Deanna
    1970-01-01
    3.5 StarsMy reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...When tragedy strikes on a mountain in Idaho in 1995, a family is forever changed.I'm still having a hard time trying to figure out how I feel about this book. If I had to use only one word to describe how this book made me feel, I think the word would have to be confused.But I could not stop reading.The book begins in 2004. We meet Ann. Ann is married to Wade. She is...
  • Adina
    1970-01-01
    I have been sitting in front of the screen for some time, staring hopelessly at the screen, hoping to find some inspiration on what to write in my review. I even find it difficult to decide on the rating for this debut novel. I am so conflicted about my feelings that I cannot even answer to a simple question: Did I like the book? Maybe this confusion is due to the fact that I was expecting something else. The blurb states that during a family day...
  • Larry H
    1970-01-01
    Idaho , Emily Ruskovich's stunningly written debut novel, has an almost dreamy, elegiacal feel to it. It's a book that is about so many different things—the redemptive power of love and friendship, the burdens of loss and secrets, finding the strength to forgive yourself, the fragility of the mind and memory, and how long to maintain hope in the face of great uncertainty. This is a book that is both sad and happy, with characters and situations...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    Books are miraculous things. They touch each one of us in individual ways. As soon as I started reading, I was in awe of this authors obvious talent. A first book, seriously? With this beautiful prose, prose that is elegant, haunting and melancholic. Prose that shows us a beautiful landscape in sharp contrast to a shocking event. An event that will leave many reeling, reverberate through the years and touch many, even those not directly involved....
  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars rounded up. I found this story to be very unnerving . It's tense and there's some mystery about it, usually not the kind of book I read. Yet there was something so mesmerizing about the story of this family tragedy and something so enticing about the pieces of the story that made me want to keep at it, to be able to grasp what happened and why. Having finished it, I'm not sure I have all the answers but I still think it's worth reading....
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!4.5 Stars“Meaning is like music; it catches and is carried. It returns. Refrains, phrases, the names of passing boats. Stuck in my head, it’s stuck in my head. The way stories fasten themselves to words, words fasten themselves to vulnerable rhythms, impressionable tunes.” The quiet contemplation of what it means to be human, to love, to need forgiveness, to be worthy of that forgiveness and to give forgiveness, are at th...
  • Jaline
    1970-01-01
    This book is a truly beautiful story, with a poignant magnificence that sweeps across the widest spectrum of thoughts and feelings as reminders and remembrances of our humanity.This book tells the story of Wade and Jenny and Ann; of May and June, of Eliot, of Ivy, of Elizabeth and others. Their stories intersect and interconnect on several levels across decades and, together and apart, they experience tragedies laced with simple sorrows and happi...
  • Esil
    1970-01-01
    If you're going to read Idaho, be prepared for a slow non linear read. I'm a fast reader, but this one can't be read quickly. The language is rich and important. The perspectives shift and flit, and the story slowly comes together -- mostly -- a bit like a puzzle with a few missing pieces. At the core of Idaho, is an incomprehensible child murder in 1995. The story radiates out from the murder, told from the perspectives of the father, the mother...
  • Zoeytron
    1970-01-01
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.There is an underlying tone of melancholy in this finely penned story. Broken souls, a yellow line, memories lost and memories found, only to be lost again. The love of nature and of music. The knowledge of how lives can be torn apart, and put together a different way. Forgiveness for something that cannot be forgiven. Recommended for those who do not have to have every little raveling gather...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    Idaho by Emily Ruskovich is a 2017 by Chatto & Windus publication. This book was pushed heavily by some book clubs and by readers on various book sites. I put it on hold at the library, but the wait time was very long. When a copy finally became available, I had forgotten what the book was about and what type of book it was supposed to be. This might have worked in my favor this time around as I had no preconceived expectations. While it has been...
  • Kelli
    1970-01-01
    With four and five star reviews pouring in for this, I am immediately reminded of my reaction to My Name Is Lucy Barton. Both books were purposefully constructed and beautifully written, rendering a landslide of emotions while leading the reader to some truly thought-provoking, yet unanswerable questions. I guess I'm learning that I am not a fan of that. While I don't require a tidy ending (I loved Inside the O'Briens, cliffhanger and all) and I ...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    Idaho has some wonderful writing. It was a haunting novel filled with many different plots and time jumping, that somewhat confused me, and the story left me with some unanswered questions.I really did enjoy the novel though and would encourage people to read it. Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for the ARC.
  • Cathrine ☯️
    1970-01-01
    5★It’s not often a book haunts me in my sleep and makes me doubt my ability to write a worthy review. It presently sits on its own special shelf and is not comparable to anything else I’ve read lately.This stunning debut requires that you read with focus, determination, and thoughtfulness. With shifting perspectives and alternating time periods you will need patience. It makes demands of you and will not offer up all the rewards you seek.An...
  • Sam
    1970-01-01
    Emily Ruskovich can turn a phrase and paint a picture and give you slow burning tension and hints of darkness, she's a great new writer and I'll be excited to see more from her down the line. But Idaho, her debut novel, did not work quite as well for me as it did for some of my Goodreads and real life friends, which was a bit disappointing for me as I went in expecting to love it. The way she constructs a sentence and brings a thought or descript...
  • Bill
    1970-01-01
    2.5 StarsIdaho was an entirely new literary experience for me. In all the years I have been reading books, decade after decade of all sorts of different genres, a book has never made me so angry … at the author! Three days after finishing the book and re-reading the last six pages over and over and over again, trying to figure out what the heck I missed, I am still so terribly dissatisfied and angry, an anger born out of betrayal. Emily Ruskovi...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    All the stars!Few writers can entrance so completely -- creating works of art that are on a completely different plane than most others in the category. Emily Ruskovich belongs in this class. Other reviewers have described the prose in this book as "music" or "poetry," and I agree."Idaho" is a book that requires slow, deliberate reading (which is fine since you'll want to savor the writing). The plot centers around a family, a horrific crime, a m...
  • Marilyn C.
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Stars. Emily Ruskovich has written an exceptional debut with Idaho. A shocking tragedy occurs in a small Idaho town that will have repercussions for decades within a family. Told in various points of view and time periods, this captivating, but sad story, deals with devastating loss, a wife's unbreakable commitment to her ailing husband, sadness and guilt over past deeds, and ultimately the process of moving on. As you read this book you will...
  • Iris P
    1970-01-01
    Idaho★★★ 3 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!***********************************************Well, as I mentioned in previous comments, this was an extremely frustrating read for me. When giving low ratings I try to be mindful, particularly to debut authors, but I can't bring myself to give Idaho more than 3 stars. Truly the writing is lyrical, I w...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    IDAHO by Emily Ruskovich"The sun is just beginning to rise. All the windows in the other houses are still dark. She feels that she's the only one awake for miles. Then, in the early light, out on the street, she sees the deer, and this time a fawn, too. It follows its mother slowly, tearing dandelions in the sidewalk cracks. Ann thinks of what Wade told her years ago, about fawns being invisible to the noses of predators. She watches the fawn wal...
  • ☮Karen
    1970-01-01
    I received a galley copy of Idaho from NetGalley and the publisher.There was much to like about this book, but also tremendous frustration with it. First, I looked at the chapter titles, which log the years going from 2004 to 2008 to 1985-1986, 1999, 1973, and at the end 2025, and I could not bring myself to even begin reading it, since I definitely do not enjoy timelines that jump around like this. But when I finally did start it, I was sort of ...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    1970-01-01
    3.5★Beautiful writing, haunting descriptions, chilling characters. It’s the story of Wade and . . . well, it keeps changing. Overall, it’s Ann’s story as she tries to piece together Wade’s family history, but then it’s also his first wife’s story and some other characters who edge their way in, but I wish they hadn’t.Wade is a candidate for early-onset dementia and knows it. He finds a salt shaker in his pocket where he expected t...
  • Peter Boyle
    1970-01-01
    It's difficult to write this review without revealing too much. The whole plot hinges on one moment of madness, a senseless deed of unspeakable horror. We spend the rest of the novel trying to piece together the motives behind this brutal act, while observing its gut-wrenching effect on the family involved.On a sweltering summer day in rural Idaho, Wade Mitchell, his wife Jenny, and their two daughters are out collecting wood. The work is tiring ...
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    This is a beautiful, haunting debut novel. It moves back and forth in time to tell the story of Jenny, the mother who killed her own daughter, Wade, the father who is losing his memory, June, the daughter that disappeared, May, the murdered daughter, and Ann, the woman who loves Wade and is trying to hold it all together.Memory is a fascinating thing. What if you lost your family and then lost your memory of them but retained the deep sadness of ...
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    For a character-driven reader like me, Idaho is manna from heaven. The name represents more than a state; it stands for a state of mind, loosely translated to “come back to me.” It is mesmerizing, it is haunting, and it is very authentic.At the center of the book is an act of inexplicable violence that shatters – in every conceivable way – a father named Wade, a mother named Jenny, their two young daughters. and the music teacher who (we ...
  • Dana
    1970-01-01
    3-3.5 I'm not even sure how to rate this book, much less write a review. While the writing was lovely, I am left with more questions than answers and with the feeling I need to read it again - that I missed something. As others have said, it's haunting, dark, and depressing.Maybe I'll have more thoughts on it after processing. ....
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    5 stars.A great book to start the year 2017! I thoroughly enjoyed this story about Wade, Jenny and their daughters, June and May, the horrific incident that destroys their family, Jenny and Elizabeth in prison, Ann, Wade's piano teacher and second wife, and Eliot. This novel is told from several points of view and covers the time period between 1973 and 2025, but not in chronological order. Normally this could be confusing and bothersome, but it ...
  • Tooter
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Stars. ARC from NetGalley
  • Tania
    1970-01-01
    I am here because you are not here.A wonderful debut novel. The writing is exquisite, poetic and dreamlike, but clear and not flowery. Idaho is reminiscent of Kent Haruf's books in that it focuses on the internal thoughts of the characters and their everyday lives. It does however have a much stronger sense of suspense as everything revolves around a very unsettling incident. If you enjoy your books with a linear story line, a definite plot and a...