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Ian Pisarcik

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Ian Pisarcik was born and raised in rural New England. His stories and poems have appeared in the Roanoke Review, Lullwater Review, Maine Review, and the Flyway Journal of Writing and Environment. He currently lives in Washington State with his wife and Labrador retriever.

Ian would love to connect with you and discuss all things bookish on Twitter at @ianpisarcik. And, if you enjoy pictures of woods, dogs, whiskey, and newborns, track him down on Instagram at @ianpisarcik.

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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
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I'd like to travel to Kent Haruf's Holt. I'd share some coffee and conversation with the good people of that town.

Then in the evening, I'd drive to Iowa and follow around Fuckhead (of Denis Johnson's "Jesus' Son") to see what kind of trouble we could get into. (less)
Ian Pisarcik If I need a little motivation, I'll crack open a book by one of my favorite authors. I keep this "emergency stack" on a shelf near my desk. Just a few…moreIf I need a little motivation, I'll crack open a book by one of my favorite authors. I keep this "emergency stack" on a shelf near my desk. Just a few lines of Kent Haruf, Annie Proulx, Rick Bass, Larry Brown, Marilynne Robinson, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Yates, or Michael Farris Smith is usually enough to get me going. (less)
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Before Familiar Woods by Ian Pisarcik
The town of North Falls consisted of twenty-eight square miles positioned on a high plateau in the southern region of the Green Mountain range. It had the highest altitude of any village in the state, which meant the snow came early and it came often. It also meant that the first thing anybody noticed about the town was the church steeple. The rotting whitewashed wood and the slatted oval window and the copper spire all connected to the simple wood framing. It was the highest point in the state, and people liked to say that it was closer to God than anywhere else in Vermont. Not that it did the town much good.
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“The town of North Falls consisted of twenty-eight square miles positioned on a high plateau in the southern region of the Green Mountain range. It had the highest altitude of any village in the state, which meant the snow came early and it came often. It also meant that the first thing anybody noticed about the town was the church steeple. The rotting whitewashed wood and the slatted oval window and the copper spire all connected to the simple wood framing. It was the highest point in the state, and people liked to say that it was closer to God than anywhere else in Vermont. Not that it did the town much good.”
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Ian Pisarcik Patrick wrote: "Hey I'm finally watching "Shotgun Stories"- it's on IFC!"

Nice! How did you like it? I don't know if you have seen "Undertow," but it has sort of a similar feel. Definitely two of my all time favorites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kPzuY...


Patrick Hey I'm finally watching "Shotgun Stories"- it's on IFC!


Patrick The Tie That Binds is completely knocking me on my ass with its greatness. I can't believe it was written in 1984! When Bret Easton Ellis was coked-out in some New York nightclub bathroom stall, Haruf was out in a cabin writing about crazy ranchers who sever their hands in wheat cutters and run around swinging their bloody limbs at people's faces.


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Ian Pisarcik I haven't had the chance to read a detailed biography of Jack London. I have read Martin Eden, which is purported to be at least somewhat autobiographical. If you haven't read it, it is especially interesting for anyone interested in writing or the field in general. Jack London is brilliant and from what I've heard he lived a pretty wild life. It's too bad he didn't get a chance to write more. But, such is the price you pay when you live a lifetime of boozing and spend your final days taking enough morphine to kill a large horse.




Patrick Have you read a Jack London biography yet? I'm kind of anxious to, considering he was a crazy drunken fighting kinda guy.


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