Real Life Influences Fiction In Emily Ruskovich's "Idaho"

Oct 13, 2017

Once in a great while, I interview an author who has more insights and ideas than can possibly be contained in a 30-minute conversation. Such was the case when I spoke with Emily Ruskovich about her debut novel, Idaho, and so we feature the second part of the interview here.

Credit Sam McPhee

Previously, Emily discussed some of the inspirations for her novel, which is set in northern Idaho, where she grew up.  At the heart of Idaho is a mysterious, unthinkable tragedy, but as I noted last week, the book is neither a “who-dunnit” or a “why-dunnit.” Instead, it is a deeply moving and complex exploration of family, regret, love, memory and loss, with characters that are so deeply drawn they feel real.

We’re pleased and excited that Emily Ruskovich recently returned to her home state to join Boise State University as a faculty member in our MFA Program in Creative Writing. She is a 2015 winner of the O. Henry Award for her short story, “Owl,” and her debut novel has garnered widespread critical acclaim since its release last January.