A GRAVE IN THE AIR
— Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 2007.
The eight stories in Stephen Henighan’s new collection, A Grave in the Air, ask what it is to be an outsider...Immigrants, refugees, foreign correspondents and others struggle to maintain their identities where the structures which once defined them have altered or disappeared....
A Grave in the Air is the product of a serious, unflinching moral imagination. These stories are often uncomfortable reading, but they are important reading, the work of a writer who looks hard at the complexities and rebarbative elements of the multicultural, globalized world we live in.
The eight stories that comprise Stephen Henighan’s new collection of short fiction, most of them set in Central Europe, deftly capture the isolation and disconnectedness of the outsider ...These stories resonate with intelligence, thoughtfulness and perceptiveness.
The narrative voices are wide-ranging, from a Polish chambermaid’s ruminations about the cultural cost of exile to a Hungarian immigrant’s alienation from the Anglo elite of Montreal.... These are meaty stories, packed with significant public events.....a wide-angle view, crisply rendered.
Henighan’s strong narrative prose moves...forward with rhythm and purpose....Intriguing.