Stephen Henighan

 Stephen Henighan is the author of three novels, including The Streets of Winter (2004), and three short story collections, including A Grave in the Air (2007). He has more than 45 publications in magazines and anthologies worldwide, and writes an influential column on culture for Geist. His journalism has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Times Literary Supplement, and more. He has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Canada Prize in the Humanities, a McNally Robinson Fiction Prize, a National Magazine Award, and a Western Magazine Award. Henighan teaches Spanish-American literature at the University of Guelph.




302 pages / trade paper

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The Streets of Winter

ISBN: 978-1-894345-76-7


The Streets of Winter is a fast-paced, intricately crafted novel of life in the city. The characters find in Montreal the anonymity they crave, bartering their identities for the chance to reinvent themselves: Marcel, a young entrepreneur torn between duty and desire, and his wife Maryse, who is blinded to life by her search for art; André, an intellectual retreating from political engagement into a quest for sensual pleasure; Adriana, whose family cannot understand her need to flee them; Teddy, spoiled, angry and idealistic; João, a solitary immigrant pursued by a secret shame which holds him apart from Vitória, who needs him to escape a culture that has trapped her; and Rollie, a homeless teenager who founds a personal empire in the basement of a dilapidated apartment building.

Scrupulously plotted, rich in cultural detail and alive with Montreal’s many voices and accents, The Streets of Winter is an absorbing novel about life in modern urban Canada.

“[Henighan’s] knowledge and depth of feeling for the region and the people are demonstrated on every page.”
— Ottawa Citizen


Brett, Melanie. “More Than Local.” Times Literary Supplement. 11 June 2004.
Clement, Carla Elm. “Reviews.” SubTerrain # 40. Fall 2004.
Czajkowski, Derek. “Real Fiction. Writing the Real Canada.” Echo (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.). 10-16 June 2004. Reprinted in Viewmag (Hamilton, Ont.). 1-7 July 2004.
Golfman, Noreen. “Letters in Canada 2004.” University of Toronto Quarterly. Vol. 75 No. 1 (Winter 2006).
Manners, Steven. “Fiction Reviews.” Quill & Quire. June 2004.
McGillis, Ian. “Portrait of a Fractured Metropolis.” The Gazette (Montreal). 27 March 2004.
Solie, Karen. “The Many Solitudes of Montreal.” The Globe and Mail. 12 June 2004.
White, Erinn. “Characters in Professor’s Novel Might Be Familiar to Readers.” Guelph Mercury. 3 July 2004.

Wigston, Nancy. “Fresh Starts and Dead Ends.” Books in Canada. September 2004.


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