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Before Familiar Woods

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
For fans of David Joy and Christopher J. Yates, comes Ian Pisarcik's haunting debut novel exploring the fraught nature of families and the inescapable secrets that are out to cripple them.

On the outskirts of a town too tired for its own happenings, the boys were found dead inside a tent.

Three years later, their fathers have disappeared, too.

Ruth Fenn's son was the boy they blamed. For three years, Ruth has accepted her lot as pariah, focusing on her ailing mother and the children left in her care by the struggling single parents of North Falls, Vermont. But now the additional loss of her husband is too much to bear, and she has no choice but to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it. But as she edges closer to the truth, she begins to uncover some secrets that are better left buried.

That's when she meets Milk Raymond, a war vet who comes home to find his nine-year-old son abandoned by his mother. Unable to find work, with no idea how to be a father, Milk turns to Ruth for help. But as the mystery of Ruth's missing husband deepens, the fragile stability Milk has created for Daniel is shattered by the ill-fated return of Daniel's mother, who will stop at nothing to get her boy back.

As these unsettled and interconnected lives hurtle towards a devastating conclusion, both Ruth and Milk are about to learn that their dying Vermont town has more secrets than they ever thought possible--and there are those who will do anything to protect them.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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


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Hardback Editions

March 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Before Familiar Woods: A Novel
Author(s): Ian Pisarcik
ISBN: 1-64385-295-7 / 978-1-64385-295-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
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May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Before Familiar Woods: A Novel
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May 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Before Familiar Woods: A Novel
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May 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Before Familiar Woods: A Novel
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May 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Before Familiar Woods: A Novel
Author(s): Ian Pisarcik
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March 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Before Familiar Woods: A Novel
Author(s): Ian Pisarcik
ISBN: 1-66200-349-8 / 978-1-66200-349-3 (USA edition)
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March 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Before Familiar Woods: A Novel
Author(s): Ian Pisarcik
ISBN: 1-66200-353-6 / 978-1-66200-353-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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Kindle Editions

March 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Before Familiar Woods: A Novel
Author(s): Ian Pisarcik
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU