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By Garth Meyer
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From a trip for firewood to an acclaimed debut novel: Emily Ruskovich to visit for "Everybody Reads"


November 1, 2018

Emily Ruskovich

Emily Ruskovich

The summer after Emily Ruskovich got her Master's Degree, back home visiting Hoodoo Mountain, Idaho, she went with her parents in a truck to a clearing to retrieve a stack of firewood.

"I felt this place had a memory," she said. "I had a very, very unsettled feeling. I felt it knew something I didn't."

The feeling stayed with her and she began to write a short story.

In 2012, three years later, the untitled piece was about to be published in a collection by Random House when its editors asked Ruskovich to hold off. This is a novel, they said.

Ruskovich considered it, her story collection wa...

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