• Noah Milligan
  • October 1, 2019
  • Fiction/Literature | 320pp
  • Trade Paper  978-1-77168-177-3  $16.99
  • Ebook  978-1-77168-178-0  $9.99
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Into Captivity They Will Go

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 yet still lay the foundation for an entire life.


“Noah Milligan writes about Oklahoma in such an uncanny, dark, compelling way.” – Brandon Hobson, author of Where The Dead Sit Talking (Five Hundred Poor)

“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

“For any book about end-of-the-world cults, it would be tempting to stick to archetypes, easy jokes, and well-worn cliches. Yet the characters and motivations of Into Captivity They Will Go were human, compelling, and unnervingly familiar. The second-coming of the messiah and his enthusiastic mother aren’t insane or deceptive, just damaged and optimistic. 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

“Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Powerful. Into Captivity They Will Go is all that and more. The main character, Caleb, is a young boy whose mother believes him to be the second coming of Christ. Milligan’s characterization of Caleb is pitch-perfect—despite living in an atypical situation, he speaks and thinks like a typical young man who believes in his mother. This look inside a millennialist sect and the otherwise unremarkable people who participate in it is crafted with a sympathetic yet uncompromising hand. 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