Five Hundred Poor (Paperback)
Central Avenue Publishing, 9781771681391, 192pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2018
List Price: 14.95*
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From acclaimed author, Noah Milligan, comes a short story collection, Five Hundred Poor. The title comes from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, “Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For one very rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many. The affluence of the rich excites the indignation of the poor, who are often both driven by want, and prompted by envy, to invade his possessions.” These are ten stories of those five hundred poor, the jaded, the disillusioned, and the disenfranchised.
About the Author
Noah Milligan began his community banking career in 2008 in the midst of the subprime mortgage crisis. The resulting Great Recession reshaped his professional and personal life and inspired this collection. Noah Milligan’s debut novel, An Elegant Theory, was shortlisted for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize and a finalist for Foreword Review’s 2016 Book of the year.
Praise For Five Hundred Poor…
"A delightfully intelligent psychological thriller, Noah Milligan’s debut novel is as ambitious and complex as its main character, Coulter Zahn, who aspires to nothing less than a complete understanding of the universe. An Elegant Theory intrigues the mind, thrills the senses, and keeps the reader engaged straight through to the surprising ending. An auspicious debut." —Rilla Askew, author, Kind of Kin on An Elegant Theory
"An Elegant Theory is a vibrant puzzle of a novel, an unstoppable force—full of twists, turns, and surprises while remaining fully grounded in real life to today. I sped straight through this one and when I got to the last page, I even considered starting again just to see how the story might change knowing what I knew by the end. I’ll be watching out for Noah Milligan. Surely, this is the start of a great literary career." —Jessica Anya Blau, author, The Trouble with Lexie on An Elegant Theory
"An Elegant Theory is a remarkably suspenseful literary novel—deeply felt, and truly fascinating. Noah Milligan's ambitious debut novel is a page-turning story of obsession, and the human mind stretched to its limit, where we discover both the remarkable power and fragility of our brains." —Peter Mountford, author, A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism and The Dismal Science on An Elegant Theory
“Noah Milligan possesses a concise mastery of language and a sharp lens through which he sees the world." —Jennifer Haupt, author, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills
"The stories in Five Hundred Poor conspire to create a sad and familiar world, with characters whose lives offer hope among tragedy. Noah Milligan writes about Oklahoma in such an uncanny, dark, compelling way. He is a very gifted writer, and I look forward to reading more of his work." —Brandon Hobson, author of Where the Dead Sit Talking
"Full of unflinchingly honest stories that are, at times, shocking brutal and surprisingly tender, this is a living, breathing portrait of the world we live in." —Jared Yates Sexton, author of The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage
"I can feel the authenticity of voice and character and place in this collection. If that matters to you dear reader, the way it matters to me, this is one to get and read and have and keep. This is Milligan’s second work out with Central Avenue Publishing after his acclaimed novel, An Elegant Theory, a more than worthy followup, and, I’m sure, part of a line of more good stuff to come." —Adam Van Winkle, Cowboy Jamboree
"Quirky and compelling, Five Hundred Poor offers a memorable tour through a region often too dismissively regarded as 'flyover country.'" —Meg Nola, Foreword Reviews
Longlisted for the Reading the West Book Awards —Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, https://www.mountainsplains.org/wp-content/userfiles/2019/01/Reading-the-West-Fiction-Nominees.pdf