Captivity

By Deborah Noyes
(Unbridled Books, Hardcover, 9781936071630, 340pp.)

Publication Date: July 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2010 Indie Notables
“Beautifully written, with frequent surprises in plot and character, this novel tells the story of two women meeting at the crux of their untenable, yet inescapable, paths. Noyes reminds us of the importance of pure feelings, regardless of their soiled context, and the reader becomes grateful for the reminder.”
-- Jenn Northington, Breathe Books, Baltimore, MD


Description

This masterful historical novel by Deborah Noyes, the lauded author of Angel & Apostle, The Ghosts of Kerfol, and Encyclopedia of the End (starred PW) is two stories:
The first centers upon the strange, true tale of the Fox Sisters, the enigmatic family of young women who, in upstate New York in 1848, proclaimed that they could converse with the dead. Doing so, they unwittingly (but artfully) gave birth to a religious movement that touched two continents: the American Spiritualists.

The second story in Captivity is about loss and grief. It is the evocative tale of the bright promise that the Fox Sisters offer up to the skeptical Clara Gill, a reclusive woman of a certain age who long ago isolated herself with her paintings, following the scandalous loss of her beautiful young lover in London.
Lyrical and authenticand more than a bit shadowyCaptivity is, finally, a tale about physical desire and the hope that even the thinnest faith can offer up to a darkening heart.




About the Author
Deborah Noyes is the author of two adult novels, as well as The Ghosts of Kerfol and other books for young readers. About Plague in the Mirror, her first novel for young adults, she says, I m fascinated by twinship and the idea of another person out there wearing your face in the world and behaving badly. But in this story, the setting is as much a character as the two protagonists. With all those layers of human endeavor, suffering, triumph, vanity the past is like rich, dark soil or an old-growth forest. It s a dense, haunted place, and I guess I m inclined to feel haunted. Deborah Noyes lives in western Massachusetts.
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