Idaho
Emily Ruskovich

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Narrated By: Justine Eyre

Duration: 10 hours and 35 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, read by Justine Eyre.

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.

In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction, Crime & mystery fiction, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss

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Hauntingly brilliant, this book will stay with you for days after you’ve put it down

Evening Standard, Books of the Year

I love Idaho for the sparse beauty of its prose, the unsolvable mystery at its heart, the cleverly constructed non-linear narrative and its preoccupations… which so closely match my own

Guardian

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.

Guardian

Writing that has the cool sharpness of lemonade... Unflinching, unfrilly, multi-layered storytelling that is both beautiful and devastating

Rachel Joyce

You're in masterly hands here... will remind many of the great Idaho novel, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping... wrenching and beautiful