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Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize

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.

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"Hauntingly brilliant, this book will stay with you for days after you’ve put it down"
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Seitenzahl 320 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 16.02.2017
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781448192557
Verlag Random House UK
Dateigröße 2482 KB
Verkaufsrang 15.613
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„an exceptional quality of writing, the reader should fill the gap with their own interpretation“

Inga Roos, Thalia-Buchhandlung Hamburg

This novel is build around an unthinkable act: Wade's first wife killed her daughter with an axt. But Why? And to where fled June, the younger daughter. Our thirst for answers will not be allayed...

... and thats not, what Ruskovich wants to tell us: She shows us a collection of stories in different views and times from 1973 - 2025 before and after the murder of May and the disappearence of June. The reader onself should fill the gap with their own interpretation. Like Ann, Wades second wife, the reader inherits the horror and the grief, which Wade is forgetting step by step because of his dementia. After his death and after the suspendation of his first wife, Ann picks her up and brings her to her new home.

The collection stories are very poetic and symbolic, which shows the exceptional quality of her writing. But I really want to know what happend that day and where June is gone. In the last 100 pages I realized there will be no answer and the further reading was less fluently. I have many interpretation, but i never will know...
This novel is build around an unthinkable act: Wade's first wife killed her daughter with an axt. But Why? And to where fled June, the younger daughter. Our thirst for answers will not be allayed...

... and thats not, what Ruskovich wants to tell us: She shows us a collection of stories in different views and times from 1973 - 2025 before and after the murder of May and the disappearence of June. The reader onself should fill the gap with their own interpretation. Like Ann, Wades second wife, the reader inherits the horror and the grief, which Wade is forgetting step by step because of his dementia. After his death and after the suspendation of his first wife, Ann picks her up and brings her to her new home.

The collection stories are very poetic and symbolic, which shows the exceptional quality of her writing. But I really want to know what happend that day and where June is gone. In the last 100 pages I realized there will be no answer and the further reading was less fluently. I have many interpretation, but i never will know...

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Idaho
von miss.mesmerized am 21.02.2017
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When Ann first meets Wade, the situation is not easy: his daughter has brought a knife to school and he is fascinated by the music teacher. He starts exercising, learning to play the piano with her. But after a tragic incident in which one of his daughters is killed,... When Ann first meets Wade, the situation is not easy: his daughter has brought a knife to school and he is fascinated by the music teacher. He starts exercising, learning to play the piano with her. But after a tragic incident in which one of his daughters is killed, the other lost and his wife Jenny sentenced to prison, they lose track of each other. Years later, they are married and Wade is suffering from dementia. Ann tries to put together the pieces of Wade’s life and to understand what happened to May, June and Jenny on that day in 1995. Wild rural Idaho gives them the setting for an emotionally conflict-ridden family affair. Emily Ruskovich’s novel has been welcomed with much praise which is completely justified. The structure of the novel demands of the reader a lot of attention: we have episodes set in 2004, others go back to the 80s or repeatedly to 1995 – the year of the central incident – but we also spring forward in time and finish in August 2025. But it is not only the chronologically interrupted timeline which requests concentration, the story is also told from multiple perspectives with different foci. The kaleidoscopic pieces have to be put together to form a complete whole and to understand – or at least get an idea – of what happened. Apart from the construction of the plot, the most impressive aspect of the novel is Ruskovich’s ability of creating an atmosphere. The fact that she places the story in Idaho is not a coincidence, the specific makeup of the landscape is decisive for the action which could not happen anywhere. The characters are formed by nature in a certain way and reunite with it albeit all the technological advancement. The relationships are as complicated as nature is demanding, especially in winter time. Yet, the novel also illustrates what human beings are capable of, how forgiving they can be and how cruel.