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‘Idaho’ Author Plans an Appearance at Boise State

Sam McPhee via Penguin Random House
Sam McPhee via Penguin Random House

Several things that we might consider “unthinkable acts of violence,” have made the news lately and unfortunately they’re still top-of-mind.  Idaho author, Emily Ruskovich, has written a book called “Idaho,” and an incredible act of violence is the centerpiece.  She’s planning to read from the book at an event later this month at Boise State

Emily Ruskovich grew up in the Idaho Panhandle on Hoodoo Mountain, and the setting for the book is in that landscape.  Boise State says the book starts out “with a shocking act of family violence: a mother kills her beloved younger daughter, and her older daughter immediately flees to the woods, never to be found.”

Family members try to make sense of the tragedy and loss through the rest of the book.  The father of the murdered daughter suffers from early onset dementia, and has to try to understand what happened to his family without relying on memory.

Ruskovich will read from the book Wednesday, October 18th at 7 p.m. in the Skyline Room of the Stueckle Sky Center.  Doors open at 6:30, and it’s free for anyone to attend.  The MFA Program in creative writing offers degree tracks in fiction and poetry, and will host the reading.

Ruskovich has recently joined the faculty for that program.  Oh, and the book “Idaho,” was noted by The New York Times as one of the most anticipated books of 2017, so this is our chance to support a local author on her way up the best seller list.

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