Two months on the best seller list of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Two weeks on the New York Times Best Seller extended list.
"Not since "The Shining" has family life off the grid seemed as terrifying." Q&A with Tom Kizzia on New York Times ArtsBeat blog.
Tom interviewed by Melissa Block on "All Things Considered." Listen to the interview.
Papa Pilgrim video in KTUU-Anchorage TV interview. KTUU
National wire story on Pilgrim's Wilderness by Associated Press.
Tom interviewed on Omnivoracious, the blog run by the books editors at Amazon.com.
Tom writes about when he knew the news articles should be a book. Everyday Ebook.
An interview about the making of Pilgrim's Wilderness with Jeremy Pataky on 49 Writers website.
The Page 99 Test. Does it reveal the "quality of the whole?" The blog.
Pilgrim's Wilderness and The Wake of the Unseen Object both cited as favorite Alaska books. Juneau Empire
"Tale of Papa Pilgrim highlights human resilience," Homer Tribune.
"Pilgrim daughter's heroism," Homer News.
Q&A with Tom in Biographile.
July: One of five things Texans will be talking about this month. Texas Monthly.
July: Top Ten Recommended books of the month, Barnes and Noble.
"Extraordinary . . . Kizzia has done an outstanding job unpacking Pilgrim's story; the book is superbly researched, the writing clear and unflinching."
-Wall Street Journal
"Spellbinding . . . Reads like a bewitching, brilliant novel set in the 19th century . . .A powerhouse of a book, destined to become a wilderness-tale classic."
"A masterful book. One of its strengths is that by sticking to the story and not trying to do too much, it does just about everything."
"Measured, painstakingly reported and gripping." -Los Angeles Times Book Review
"It's a gripping nonfiction thriller told with masterful clarity, and I'm betting it will be the sleeper hit of the summer. Put it at the top of your stack."
"I don't think I've ever read a book that started out with a more exciting prologue and ended with a bigger slam-bang-dunk than this one. Yep, Pilgrim's Wilderness is that good."
-The Bookworm, syndicated review
"Absorbing . . . the family’s brutal unraveling is a shocking tale readers won’t soon forget.”
"With even reporting and spare, lovely prose, Kizzia exposes the tyrannies of faith, and a family's desperate unraveling. It will make your skin crawl."
-The Daily Beast/Newsweek
"The mixture of Texas weirdness with Alaska nativism provides for riveting reading."
"The final line of the narrative probably ranks among the best last lines of any book I've ever read."
-Kris Farmen, Anchorage Press
"What transpires when peoples’ pursuit of political agendas blinds them to the character flaws of the heroes they create to personify their dreams."
-Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
“Sends readers on a roller-coaster ride as thrilling as it is shocking. Kizzia’s work is a testament to both the cruelty and resiliency of the human spirit, capturing the sort of life-and-death struggle that can only occur on the fringes of modern-day civilization.”
"A journalist's gripping account of a modern fundamentalist Christian pioneer family and the dark secrets that held it together. . . Provocative and disturbing."
"Strong work of reportage. . . [Papa Pilgirm's] intriguing past crumbles in comparison to his excruciating cruelty and to the inspiring grace and strength of his children."
"Fascinating and hard to put down - an excellent choice for those who like their beach reading on the darker side."
"Recounted with zest and insight, this narrative shines a spotlight on the issues of individuality, community, and madness."
-Barnes & Noble, Top Ten new books for July