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Michael Henson

Michael Henson is the author of four books of fiction and four collections of poetry. His prize-winning collection of linked stories, Maggie Boylan (Swallow Press), has been called “an important work of art, beautifully rendered.” His stories, poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Still: The Journal, Appalachian Heritage, and Threepenny Review.

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Listed in: Midwest · Appalachia · Fiction | City Life · Fiction · Appalachian Studies · Literature

Cover of 'Secure the Shadow'

Secure the Shadow
A Novel
By Michael Henson

Set in an unnamed midwestern city and told from multiple perspectives, Henson’s latest novel about addiction and the power of community offers an unseen portrait of the far-reaching and sometimes tragic effects of the 1990s drug crisis.

2018 Great Group Reads Selection · Finalist for the 2019 Weatherford Award in fiction
Cover of 'Maggie Boylan'

Maggie Boylan
By Michael Henson

Set in rural America amid an epidemic of opiate abuse, this collection of stories tells of a woman’s search for her own peculiar kind of redemption. Addict, thief, and liar, Maggie Boylan is queen of profanity, a hungry trickster. But she is also a woman of deep compassion and strength. Her journey is by turns frightening, funny, and deeply moving.

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