Blue River and Red Earth

ISBN: 9781770865174

Price: $22.00

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.50" x 8.50"

Publication Date: Apr 12, 2018

FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC011000 FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

“As much as place – or placelessness – is central to Blue River and Red Earth, it’s not the settings themselves the book explores; these stories are more about how different surroundings complicate existing relationships. The unpredictability of watching Doreen and Philip navigate the social minefield of the post-colonial, globalized world is both uncomfortable and fascinating.”

Quill & Quire


“Henighan's prose has punch, with rich description and snappy nouns.”

The Guelph Mercury


Blue River and Red Earth is a bravura performance, a fast-paced, intensely readable, and profoundly moral story collection that takes as its milieu and subject matter the perilous state of identity and human relations in a globalized world.”

— Douglas Glover, author of the GG-winning novel Elle


“The stories collected in Blue River and Red Earth are ambitious, cosmopolitan, and quixotic; their real theme is the emotional errancy of their outsider characters.”

— Jean McNeil, author of the GG-nominated Private View



These eleven short stories cover a wide range of territory - from Toronto to Cuba to Eastern Europe. And, wide-ranging over geography as they are, they also cover an array of characters and situations that can only be situated in the twenty-first century.