Resounds: Susan Henderson

Aug 26, 2019

Susan Henderson at the YPR studios
Credit Anna Paige

Susan Henderson is a Hawthornden International Fellow, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award. She is the author of the novels Up From the Blue and The Flicker of Old Dreams. Her latest won the Western Writers of America Spur Award, in the category of Best Western Contemporary Novel, and was chosen as an Honor Book for the Montana Book Award and a finalist for the High Plains Book Award in both fiction and the women writer category.


  Susan Henderson’s The Flicker of Old Dreams is about the death of small town in central Montana as told by a female mortician. The novel begins a tragedy that will be all-too-familiar to many people in agricultural communities.

Author Helen Simonson said:  “Like the wind scours paint from an old grain silo, Susan Henderson’s writing scours away all the pretend niceness of small town life in Montana to reveal the frayed and patched nature of humanity.  Nobility, ragged resilience, and hope compete with small-minded ignorance.”