After working as a boilermaker in the steel mills in Ohio, Kevin P. Keating became a professor of English and began teaching at Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, and Lorain County Community College. His essays, stories and reviews have appeared in over fifty literary journals. The Natural Order of Things, his first full-length book, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes/First Fiction Award. The novel has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and praise from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler. Kevin Keating’s The Captive Condition: A Novel (Vintage Books) is a chilling and deliciously dark tale about an idyllic Midwestern college town that turns out to be a panorama of depravity and a nexus of horror.