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Idaho
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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.
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LapReader
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Book club last night was the best yet. So much to discuss with this one plus delicious food at Ginger Megs restaurant. I had Peking jack fruit bao & a glass of Malbec plus an excellent chill watermelon margarita. We all agreed we were hooked at the beginning then had no idea where this book was going & are still non the wiser but liked it regardless. Personally I thought that was the point to prove that the narrator had mental health struggles.

TrishB Good description! 8mo
CarolynM Looks like a great night👍💕 8mo
BarbaraBB Great night! I enjoyed this book too for that reason. 8mo
Cathythoughts Great post 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
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LapReader
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Going to love this one I can tell. I originally bought it for the cover. Already trying to guess the ending which I rarely do. It‘s for my Stockton mum‘s book club April? pick. The flowers were bought especially for my Valentine and are still looking great. He has been looking after them though.

EvieBee Excellent review and gorgeous pic! 11mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too! 11mo
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ErraticElle
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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A literary character study with beautiful & haunting writing. Constructed in a way that feels real. The lives of the characters are full of heartbreak, certainly not a book to grab if you're looking for something light or uplifting. The plot can be confusing, as it bounces around both in timeline & POV, but this approach works, keeping the reader gripped & questioning. The ending left me a bit unmoored. An impactful work & an emotional one.

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Mindyrecycles
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Christyco125 This has been sitting on my shelves for a couple years… unread😔 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This has been on my shelf for years!! 12mo
Sophronisba This is such a great book. It didn't get the attention it really deserved. 12mo
Tamra I so thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I should reread. 12mo
Eggs Sounds unique📚👏🏻 12mo
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Soubhiville
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Another deeply moving book, a beautiful cover hiding a lot of pain.

This is mainly about a man with early onset Alzheimer‘s, but it‘s also about his family. It covers many different timelines and characters.

I loved Anne‘s part the most, as she tries to take care of Wade the best she can, and does her best to be understanding and gentle with him as he fades away. 💔. The last chapter was really special too.

Crazeedi I e had this one on my shelf for a couple years, now I need to get it out and read! 2y
FelinesAndFelonies I have this one on my shelf. I got it from Harvard Bookstore's Warehouse sale. I need to read it soon. 2y
CuriousG Just read this a few months ago - by far my favourite book in years! 2y
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CuriousG
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Day 7 of #12booksof2020 is also a review post. @Andrew65

Just finished this one last night and it has upended my whole year. By far the best book I have read in 2020 now. I have a major book hangover.

A book that seems quiet on the surface, but has a lot to think about. The depiction of early onset alzheimer's is heartbreaking yet lovingly done.

Andrew65 Good choice. 2y
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CuriousG
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I never would have anticipated a book that deals with early onset alzheimer's to be the book that completely shattered my reading slump, but I am flying through this one! I have really struggled to sit still and read a book for more than 20 minutes, most times I only make it 5 minutes before I'm done (regardless of how much I'm enjoying the book.) Idaho has completely broken that though - read almost 100 pages without even realizing it last night.

Reviewsbylola Well done! It‘s always such a gift to discover a book that has that power. 2y
emilyhaldi I loved this one 💛 2y
CuriousG @Reviewsbylola I'm now in that awkward spot of not wanting to read it because I don't want it to end! 2y
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NatalieR
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I wis I had known what to expect from this book before I started it. I thought it was about a crime (which something terrible does happen) so I was initially frustrated with it. I had a hard time getting into it. Once I finally got into the beautiful writing and style of the story, I loved it. This is a book about tragedy, loss, heartache and how people keep moving forward. I kind of want to read it again to fully appreciate it. #MountTBR

merelybookish I loved this book! 3y
Cinfhen Lovely flowers 💐 such a sad story 3y
OhNoMersault Such a beautiful book 3y
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NatalieR @merelybookish 😊❤️ 3y
NatalieR @Cinfhen Thanks! 😊 3y
NatalieR @OhNoMersault Yes! 🥰 3y
sisilia I read this a few years back and remember loving it. Beautiful writing 3y
Megabooks Love those irises! 3y
NatalieR @Megabooks Thank you! 😊 3y
NatalieR @sisilia Glad you also enjoyed it. 3y
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Julsmarshall
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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The story of a family, a mountain, and an unforgivable act. Dark, beautifully composed, elegantly written. This was difficult to read in places, and so moving in others. #MountTBR

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Julsmarshall
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Next up, reading in the hammock 😄

ErikasMindfulShelf I really liked this one. 3y
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ephemeralwaltz
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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What a ride! This isn't a plot-driven but if you like slow-paced novels that play with timelines and perspectives in order to slowly unveil layers of explored feelings and sentiments, this is it. It's haunting and makes you feel in all the best, worse, comforting and uncomfortable ways.

Kalalalatja Great review! 3y
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HeatherBookNerd
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I just could not put this down until I finished it. Haunting, sad, fascinating. Gorgeous writing. My kind of book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmyG I loved this book, too. 3y
BarbaraBB I loved this one too. 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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This book has been on my shelf for a long time! I hear it‘s good! My beautiful daughter and flowers from her boyfriend! 🌸🌺🥀

#Flower
#ReallyRandomFebruary

Tamra I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this novel! 3y
OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t read this yet either! Nice pic too! 🌼 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tamra I wish I could stay home and read all day!!! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 thank you!! They are a cute couple! 3y
Tamra @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too! Work is a real problem. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tamra dang bills!!! 🤣 3y
maich So pretty pic😍😍 3y
emmaturi It has been on my shelves for ages too! 3y
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swishandflick
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

The timeline jumped around in a way that threw me off a bit and I was hoping for a smidge more resolution in the end, but it's written beautifully. This has been sitting on my shelf for a really long time, I've been trying to get through some of my backlist!

SamAnne Felt the same. 3y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

A wife deals with her husband‘s dementia and the mystery surrounding his first wife who killed their daughter and is now in prison. Their other daughter ran and was never found.
I don‘t mind loose ends, and this book is rife with them, but there were a lot of extraneous scenes and writing for the sake of writing. The writing is very good, but a lot of the chapters read like writing prompts. “Write from the perspective of the bloodhound . . .”

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TracyReadsBooks
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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There are no easy answers in this searing story about loss, survival, memory, love & forgiveness. Though I found the pacing off in some sections, the book is a remarkably assured debut. As other Littens have noted, the sense of place is strong & one of the highlights of the book. So too, I think, is the author‘s refusal to explain why & to fill in all the missing pieces. Some acts, some moments defy explanation & some pieces are never found.

Tamra 👏🏾 3y
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TracyReadsBooks
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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My next book is one my mom loaned me thinking I would like it. She generally has good taste in books so I‘m anticipating a good read.

cathysaid I really enjoyed this one. Plot and pacing was (to me) original and intriguing. Hope you enjoy! 3y
Tamra I too really enjoyed this one - setting is key, which I love in a novel. 3y
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ImperfectCJ
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Panpan

This novel opens by introducing compelling issues about the nature of love and the compromises we make to be in relationship with one another, but it never really delivers. The characters are unrealistically self-reflective and there are several that don't need to be in the story at all. Overall there are just too many words saying too little. Reworked it could be awesome.
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookworm54
#WinterGames #TeamNutcracker #TBRRead

Addison_Reads I felt similar things when I read this earlier in the year. There was potential there, it just never came together for me. 3y
ImperfectCJ @Addison_Reads Thank you for telling me this. I'm not shy about giving negative reviews, but I sometimes feel bad, and it helps to know I'm not the only one feeling meh about a book. 3y
Addison_Reads @ImperfectCJ I rated it so-so, but it was almost a Pan. I appreciate an honest review- good, bad, or indifferent, so thank you. ☺ 3y
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Bookworm54 Well you might not have enjoyed it, but it got you 16 points :) and hopefully your next read is a pick! ☺️ 3y
ImperfectCJ @Addison_Reads It was on the border of pan and so-so for me, too, but I went the other direction. I feel like my ratings are more influenced by my mood at the moment than I would prefer. 🙄 3y
ImperfectCJ @Bookworm54 Woohoo! My current read is a memoir about the Rwandan genocide. So far it's quite good, if "good" is the right word for it. It occurs to me that I'm not great at choosing holiday reads. Murder in Idaho, genocide in Rwanda, drug addiction in Connecticut... 3y
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JillR
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Two little girls and their parents are collecting firewood on the mountain. One is killed and the other goes missing. We know throughout this book who killed May but we don‘t know why, and we never find out. This book is slow and quiet and very sad. The writing is beautiful and dreamlike (although I did occasionally get tired of that). I enjoyed it but there was a bit of me wanting a proper whodunnit thriller.

Cinfhen Such a haunting story 3y
BarbaraBB I really loved this one. 3y
Crazeedi I've had this book on my shelf, I need to bump it up , sounds so good 3y
Tamra I really enjoyed this too. 3y
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TracyReadsBooks
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Went to visit my mom, took 4 books with me. I came home with 7! That‘s what happens when two avid readers get together and talk books I suppose. She sent me home with these two as well as Grass Beyond the Mountains. We also had a great conversation about Women Talking. Fun few days hanging with mom, talking books and more.

Nute Love this post! I really like having reading friends, but oh how I wish that I had an avid reading family member! What a very neat day you had with your Mom?!💕 3y
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emilyhaldi
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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emilyhaldi Thanks to my book 🧚🏼‍♀️, Cindy 😘😘 @Cinfhen 3y
Cinfhen I‘ve always loved this cover 💛 3y
Crazeedi I was just going to use this one!!! 3y
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BarbaraBB I‘ve always loved this one too. 3y
Megabooks Nice choice! 3y
youneverarrived I love this 3y
Cathythoughts I only got half way & bailed 🤷🏻‍♀️. Could well be timing 3y
Reviewsbylola Loved the cover, hated the book. Imo, @Cathythoughts , it wasn‘t timing. 😆😬 3y
Mdargusch Nice! 3y
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mobygrapes
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Absolutely breathtaking. When I was reading this I fully stopped being aware of everything else around me. Definitely teared up at times.

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marleed
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I dunno Idaho. This was a beautifully written story, but it‘s just sad, everyday, every year sad. I wanted to change up my fun, light reads so this pick is for my reading experience. Unless you have fluffy kittens and adorable puppies pulling you back to the light, take heed before diving in.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Gorgeous photo!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Good to know bc I bought this book about a couple of months ago. It was a bargain book at my local BN 3y
marleed @JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you - sometimes my green walls work! I was born and raised in Western Montana so I couldn‘t resist the B&N bargain price of Idaho. I get the DNFs on this book because I think your head has to be in the right place to go there. The writing though kept me hanging on. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, thank you. That‘s a state I need to see!!! I‘m afraid I‘ll fall in love so much I‘ll want to live there. Lol 3y
allureofbeauty I actually just found this one at a library book sale and picked it up. Such a lovely cover. 3y
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allureofbeauty
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Certainly not the best photo but I went to a library book sale today. And even tho I got there three minutes after it opened resellers had already taken boxes out 😕 but I did find these. Spent 8 dollars. Most excited for Sunburn and Idaho I think, it has such a pretty cover. Anyone read any of these?
#librarybooksale #library #booksale #usedbooks #dvds #graphicnovel #thriller #memoir #fiction #ya #youngadult #dvds #houseofcards #bookhaul #haul

BarbaraBB I liked both Idaho and Sunburn a lot! (edited) 3y
allureofbeauty @BarbaraBB im so glad to hear that 🖤 3y
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Julsmarshall
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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#bookmail ! Big haul and great deals from Book Outlet. I haven‘t bought books in forever snd did a happy dance when I drive up and saw them on the porch. Happy Friday!

SaraFair Fun! I was unaware of that Jenny Colgan, let us know! 4y
Julsmarshall @SaraFair It looks like it is a sequel to The Cafe By the Sea which I just finished 😄 4y
Rachel.Rencher @SaraFair Same! I love her work, but I've never seen this one! 4y
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kellock
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

There is no doubt that it is a beautifully written book but I like more resolution to stories. Things are hinted at but never fully explored or explained and it was all a bit too vague for me.

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kellock
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I've drunk way too much spirits to be able to try and understand any of this mind boggling book tonight. Die hard 2 it is!!!

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kellock
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Next up. I'm ashamed to say this is the first book I've borrowed from the library in about 2 years 😱 once I stopped working there I stopped going. In a bid to save money, I'm back!

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razmanda
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Starkly written, haunting and beautiful, painful and frustrating - all of these words describe Idaho. Told from multiple points of view, the novel addresses and avoids a central act of horrific violence. And much like life, there is no tidy resolution or explanation. And really, I can‘t think of a single reason that would have made it understandable or more palatable. Definitely need a fluffy palate cleanser for my next read.

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kindergartenkat
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Final Check-In for round 1 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge
I've had so much fun! Thanks for all the love and encouragement littens!
Goals:
Books: 7 (38 of 20 total)
Workouts: 6 of 4 yay!
@wanderinglynn

See you for round 2!

wanderinglynn Fantastic job! 🙌🏻 4y
bewareofwords Great job! 👏🏽 4y
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 4y
rockpools SO Many books! Good job! 4y
Clwojick Way to go! Also, Brain on Fire is one of my favs! 4y
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Tonton
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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mreads Great book 4y
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Branwen
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I should be getting some cleaning done. I should be going to the gym, or doing the laundry. Instead, I'm enjoying a huge cup of tea and my new library book that I'm super excited about! 😍💕📚 #librarylove

TrishB Sounds much more fun! 4y
Branwen @TrishB It really is! And it's good to know my priorities are in order! 😁💕📚 4y
TrishB Definitely! I really enjoyed this book too! 4y
Branwen @TrishB It's soooooo good so far! I'm totally hooked! 4y
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Pamwurtzler
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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This is a beautifully written story of a family tragedy. It‘s told from various points of and a timeline that jumps around. What really happened? I don‘t know . . .
#ReadingUSA2019 #Idaho

jessinikkip Sounds like a good one :) 4y
squirrelbrain Sounds great! 👍 4y
Librarybelle Great pick! I really need to read this one soon... 4y
NatalieR Thanks for reminding me of this book! It‘s in my out of control Audible library. 😬 4y
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Cathythoughts
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Next up , IDAHO ... 🤞🏻☀️&📖....

Samplergal Loved it. 4y
Tamra It‘s a terrifically atmospheric story! 😁 4y
Cathythoughts @Samplergal oh great ♥️👍🏻only starting 4y
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Cathythoughts @Tamra I like your description ♥️👍🏻 4y
Oryx Have a great holiday! 4y
Cathythoughts @Oryx thankyou my friend ♥️👍🏻 4y
TrishB Loved this one 👍🏻 4y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I really liked the first part ... yet this has gone into #hibernation & I‘m not sure why. Another time perhaps ... 4y
TrishB Definitely a mood book. Slow and not a lot happens, I think it probably has to grab you at the right time. 4y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I think your right ♥️👍🏻 4y
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Kalalalatja
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Something beyond awful in this book happens #behindthewheel. Through jumps back and forth in time we learn about the events leading up to the episode and the consequences which follow after.

#MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen Good pick!!! Forgot about this book!!! Great photo 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read this but great pic! 4y
gradcat Sure is a nice-looking book, but I haven‘t read it either...what kind of person would I be if I read just because I love the cover?!? 😂 (edited) 4y
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Samplergal
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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#ReadingUSA2019 #Idaho. Loved this book.

merelybookish Me too! My favorite book of 2017! 4y
Kaye Great job..... I‘ve sorta dropped the ball on mine. I‘m not very good at sticking to any sort of regimented reading. Good to see others still doing well. 4y
Samplergal @Kaye I‘m not really good with this either. I‘m such a mood reader, and then the library holds come in and upset my plan. I‘ll likely not finish this, but it‘s fun to try. Join back in! 4y
Librarybelle I really need to read this one soon! I think you and @Kaye have done great with this! I‘m still at one, and it has to do with library holds and shiny new books distracting me. 4y
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Samplergal
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I stayed up late and got up early to finish this one. I loved it. Such great writing and what a story! #MayMadness #mayScavengerHunt #floweroncover #withadoginit

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Addison_Reads
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

The writing in this book is beautiful. The descriptions transported me to a secluded, forested area in rural Idaho where the lives of several individuals diverge in many different ways after an unspeakable tragedy occurs.

The book lost me though with the time jumps between past, present, and future. Each storyline never seemed to reach its full potential, which left the book feeling unfinished to me at the end.

#ReadingUSA2019 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I have this on my to read list! Great review! 4y
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cathysaid
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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A little bizarre yet strangely appealing. Generations of family members affected by a horrendous crime, each in his or her own way, are presented as vulnerable, caring, manipulative and hateful, depending on the situation. Ending is surprisingly touching if somewhat implausible...but that could be said for many fiction novels, right? 4/5 ⭐️

Cathythoughts I‘ve yet to read this ... but your review is making me very interested 4y
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ReadingEnvy
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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This book kept me thinking about it long after finishing, and ended up a top read for 2018. On sale today for Kindle for $1.99! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F0ZK7F2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_JoouCbACF711J

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elyseh
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

I gave this book 3 stars. It jumps around everywhere. Different years, different POVs it's a lot to take in. However I still loved this book I'm glad I read it! Have you read it what did you think?

TrishB I loved it 💕 4y
Cinfhen This was a really bleak read but the writing was lush!!! I‘m curious to see what she writes next 4y
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m.galehuxley
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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50 pages in and so far, so sad.

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Victoriahoperose
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

Great writing and very descriptive but so slow. I really got lost quite a few times with the way it jumped around from one time to another. It just was hard to stay focused on when reading.

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Kalalalatja
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Through this book, Wade is #FallingSlowly more and more into his dementia, while we as readers slowly learn about a terrible tragedy involving Wade‘s two little girls. This is a beautiful book, and one I would like to revisit at some point

#MusicalNewYear

batsy Love the photo! 🌿 4y
BarbaraBB Well chosen. Loved this book. 4y
Cathythoughts Still need to read this one 👍🏻♥️ 4y
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Mc_cart_ny Currently reading this! 4y
Tamra Loved it too! 4y
vivastory Can't wait to see what her next one will be 4y
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Mc_cart_ny
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Got some reading done while out at a birthday party today!

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Thousand-Lives
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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A new book, a quiet house, and my Netflix fire 🔥

Tamra Perfect setting for it! 4y
elyseh Have you finished it? I'm super curious about this book! 4y
Thousand-Lives @elyseh Yes and I loved it! It‘s very character driven with a non-linear storyline. The writing is beautiful. If that sounds like your style of book, definitely check it out! 4y
elyseh I will!! I'm excited for it now! 4y
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