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‘The recognition is life-changing. The money will give me time. As a writer, that’s so precious’ Emily Ruskovich: “It is difficult to know how to respond to the magnitude of this kindness that has been so suddenly bestowed upon me.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill This year’s €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award has been won by 33-year-old US author Emily Ruskovich for her debut novel, Idaho. The writer was the outsider on a 10-strong shortlist that included George Saunders, Kamila Shamsie and Mathias Énard, winners respectively of the 2017 Man Booker Prize, last year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Prix Goncourt, as well as Irish favourites Sally Rooney and Bernard MacLaverty and a previous winner of the award, Jon McGregor. “I cannot express how grateful I am to be the recipient of this astonishingly generous award,” said Ruskovich, who got the news the day after moving into her new home with her husband and baby. “It is difficult to know how to respond to the magnitude of this kindness that has been so suddenly bestowed upon me. I feel humbled. I feel overwhelmed with the enormity of my gratitude. “I am especially honoured because of the admiration that [...]

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