Idaho

Idaho

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, and sing snatches of songs as they while away the time. But then somethi One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of l...

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Title:Idaho
Author:Emily Ruskovich
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Idaho
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Idaho Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 15, 2018
    I heard an in-depth examination of this book when I recorded with a guest on Episode 086 of the Reading Envy Podcast, and last year I feel like ever blogger, reviewer, and podcaster had glowing things to say about the book. I put it on the "reading envy" list for 2017, aka books I wish...
  • Cheri
    Nov 13, 2016
    !! 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, imp...
  • Elyse
    Oct 04, 2016
    $1.99 Kindle! If you?ve hesitated about this book - curious? $1.99 is less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks. I think it?s worth reading! Soooo glad I didn?t miss it! 5 STRONG STARS!!!!! Oh my gosh... I don't think I've been this excited about a new author --LIKE THIS-...
  • Dan Schwent
    Mar 19, 2018
    One day while out chopping wood, Wade Mitchell's wife does something unspeakable, sending their lives off course forever. Years later, Wade has remarried and is slowly losing his memories to early onset dementia. Can his second wife, Ann, piece together what happened before Wade forget...
  • ☮Karen
    Mar 12, 2017
    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 ...
  • Peter Boyle
    Mar 12, 2017
    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 o...
  • Jill
    Oct 26, 2016
    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 i...
  • Iris P
    Jan 03, 2017
    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 ...
  • Esil
    Dec 09, 2016
    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 pie...
  • Kelli
    Mar 15, 2017
    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 una...
  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 07, 2016
    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 lan...
  • Angela M
    Nov 23, 2016
    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 tha...
  • Julie
    Mar 06, 2017
    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 ...
  • Amanda
    Jan 13, 2017
    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 a...
  • Larry H
    Oct 30, 2016
    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 fragil...
  • Jaline
    Jun 27, 2017
    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 ...
  • Margitte
    Mar 30, 2017
    This will come as a shocker, but I absolutely could not get on with this book. Perhaps I am too busy, reading it in splurges, whenever I have time available, or the story does not flow fast enough to keep me committed. It's a dark, exhausting read. Powerful but stale at the same tim...
  • Marilyn C.
    Jan 29, 2017
    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...
  • Jennifer
    Dec 31, 2016
    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....
  • Zoeytron
    Nov 24, 2016
    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 tor...
  • Karen
    Nov 06, 2016
    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 Net...
  • Deanna
    Feb 10, 2017
    3.5 Stars My 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 d...
  • Bill
    Mar 14, 2017
    2.5 Stars Idaho 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 page...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    Apr 24, 2018
    This book took me by surprise! For some reason, I thought that it was going to be about an expedition to see birds. When I picked it up, however, I quickly realized that that?s not at all the case. ?Idaho? is the story of Jenny who accidentally kills her own child. But it?s a...
  • Adina
    Feb 06, 2017
    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 answ...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    Dec 20, 2016
    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 t...
  • Karen
    Nov 07, 2016
    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...
  • Kathleen
    Jan 03, 2017
    5 shining 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 nove...
  • Sam
    Jan 23, 2017
    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 Goodrea...
  • .
    Mar 12, 2017
    *** update 11/01 *** - the paperback should be out very soon and i want to give this story additional life. (4.25 stars) this novel is like a papercut; you feel it, not more than you can handle, but deeper, longer than y'd imagined its presence. this is very well written pros...