Into Captivity They Will Go (Paperback)

By Noah Milligan

Central Avenue Publishing, 9781771681773, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

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Set in rural Oklahoma, Into Captivity They Will Go tells the story of Caleb Gunter, a boy whose mother has convinced him he is the second coming of Jesus Christ and that together they are destined to lead the chosen into the Kingdom of Heaven. Believing the Seven Seals detailed in Revelation have been opened, he and his mother flee their home to join a tongue-speaking evangelical church and to prepare for the end of the world. But after tragedy ensues, Caleb must rebuild his life without the only support he has ever known—his mother and the church. An exploration of familial bonds and extremist faith, this is a whirlwind bildungsroman that reveals the fragility of a child’s identity. It is at once a study of guilt and redemption and a book of how shattered trust can lay the foundation for an entire life.

About the Author

Born and raised in the Bible Belt, Noah Milligan is the author of the novel An Elegant Theory and the short story collection Five Hundred Poor. His work has been named a semifinalist for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize and a finalist for Foreword Review’s 2016 Book of the Year. His short fiction has recently been published in Cowboy Jamboree, Orson’s Review, Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature and Art, and elsewhere. He lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife and two children.

Praise For Into Captivity They Will Go

"How Noah Milligan manages to evoke such authenticity and compassion in a story of this kind is a literary magic trick that'll convert even the most cynical." —Charles Martin, owner - Literati Bookstore

"Noah Milligan commands this novel with expert instincts, a deep consideration for language, and with his feet planted firmly within a world both tragic and all too familiar." —Sheldon Lee Compton, author of The Same Terrible Storm

“Noah Milligan’s Into Captivity They Will Go is an ambitious and original novel that dares to explore – with both sharp-eyed clarity and full-hearted empathy – worlds and characters too often overlooked in contemporary fiction." —Lou Berney, author of November Road

“Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Powerful. Noah Milligan’s novel, Into Captivity They Will Go, is all that and more. It is a story that will trouble your heart and mind long after the book is closed.” —Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma State Poet Laureate & Director, The Red Earth MFA

"Deeply moving, sad and haunting ... it is an intense and propulsive novel exploring what it means to be alive and spiritual in a world ignoring such ideas. I loved its rich imagery, its crystal-clear prose, and its strangeness." —Brandon Hobson, National Book Award Finalist and author of Where the Dead Sit Talking