Praise for Before Familiar Woods:
"Outstanding . . . Pisarcik is a writer to watch."
"Hemingway-haunted . . . Beautifully done and will certainly strike a chord with readers who appreciate the similar styles of Daniel Woodrell and David Joy."
“Poignant and searingly authentic, Pisarcik's mesmerizing, heartfelt debut pulls you in and doesn't let go—a haunting testament to survival of family and community in a poor and desperate landscape.”
—Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
“Pisarcik wields a poet’s eye, stacking images for a novel that flips and turns like the pages of a photo album. Before Familiar Woods is ripe with unforgettable characters. This is a debut to savor.”
—David Joy, author of The Line That Held Us
“Ian Pisarcik has written the best kind of thriller: gritty, dark, and tragically human. Intriguing mysteries keep the pages turning, but it is this novel’s people—roughhewn, fractured, grasping for family—who linger long after the covers close.”
—John Larison, author of Whiskey When We’re Dry
“Before Familiar Woods conveys its people and its landscape in striking ways—taking us through peaks and valleys, shadows and sunlight, beauty and brutality. A well-wrought delivery of emotion and place.”
—Michael Farris Smith, author of Fighter and Desperation Road
“Before Familiar Woods, a novel dripping with heart and grit and tears, is an electrifying debut from Ian Pisarcik. Rarely are thrillers this elegantly told and seldom full of such beauty. Like all the best tales, this compelling story feels like it has been sitting in the dark for centuries waiting patiently to be told by someone with Pisarcik’s immense talent and empathy. I will be first in line for anything he writes after this.”
—Christopher J. Yates, author of Black Chalk and Grist Mill Road