Emily Ruskovich’s novel “Idaho” is a finalist for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize, an honor for authors under the age of 40 writing in English.
“Idaho” was Ruskovich’s debut novel. It received widespread critical acclaim, including being noted by The New York Times as one of the most anticipated books of 2017.
Ruskovich is an assistant professor of fiction in Boise State’s creative writing program. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and is the winner of a 2015 O. Henry Award. Her writing has appeared in several publications, including The Paris Review, Zoetrope, One Story, and The Virginia Quarterly Review.
Five other writers are finalists for the prize: Irish author Sally Rooney, Zambian-born poet Kayo Chingonyi, Cuban-American short story writer Carmen Maria Machado, British novelist Gwendoline Riley, and American novelist Gabriel Tallent.
The winner will be announced May 10.