Other Americas is a tale of intrigue that unravels at a teasingly deliberate pace....The novel juxtaposes the adolescence of Keith Merrick, in the Ottawa Valley, with his present-day struggle to find his older brother Don in Colombia. Curiously, Keith becomes more and more like his nemesis, getting his ex-fiancée, following him to Colombia, and actually "becoming" Don in an ironic ending.
A remarkable first novel...Other Americas may well be the book that vaults Stephen Henighan into the ranks of top Canadian novelists.
Other Americas is a highly readable, bold first novel.... Henighan's storytelling is well measured and direct.
This is a very ambitious first novel, and Henighan is to be applauded for his attempt to bring the troubling events in Colombia into the world of his Canadian readers.
Henighan is talented....some passages send shivers up the reader's spine.