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 Jenny does something unspeakable, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction, and leave dark unanswered questions for years to come.
About the Author
Emily Ruskovich is an American writer who won the 2019 International Dublin literary award for her novel Idaho. She is a MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is an assistant professor at Boise State University where she teaches creative writing, and lives in Idaho City.
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