Posted on June 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Having your debut novel published is exciting.
Having it win a prize that brings nearly $113,000 with it? Astounding. Mind-boggling. And absolutely true for Emily Ruskovich.
But it was no joke: Ruskovich truly has just received a sum that will let her “return much more vigorously to my writing.”
Public libraries around the world nominate books for the award; a branch in Bruges, Belgium, was responsible for launching Idaho on its unbelievable path.
Idaho tells the story of a woman who kills her younger daughter with an axe while they’re chopping wood in a forest, though judges said not to dismiss it as just a gory thriller.
Rather, the book “gradually uncovers the psychological abysses that would explain the inexplicable.”
Ruskovich has previously received the O. Henry Prize as well as earning a finalist nod for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award.
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