Stephen Henighan (www.stephenhenighan.com) is the winner of the 2016 McNally-Robinson/Prairie Fire Short Fiction Prize. He has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Canada Prize in the Humanities. Henighan‘s articles have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Geist, The Walrus, Toronto Life and many other journals; his short stories have been published internationally in magazines such as Ploughshares and Lettre Internationale. Henighan has translated novels into English from Portuguese and Romanian, and has published fourteen original books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the novels The Path of the Jaguar (2016) and Mr. Singh Among the Fugitives (2017). He teaches Latin American literature in the Spanish and Hispanic Studies program at the University of Guelph. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHenighan.
The Path of the Jaguar
The Path of the Jaguar (Thistle Down Press). In 1997, Guatemala is emerging from thirty-six years of civil war. Amparo Ajuix, a determined young woman who lives in a Mayan village with her husband, runs a savings club for the local women with the help of an American NGO. Eager to take advantage of Guatemala’s new democracy to strengthen the culture of the Mayan people, she campaigns to switch the language of instruction in the village’s primary school from Spanish to the local language of Cakchiquel. Read a review of The Path of the Jaguar, as well as Stephen’s most recent book Mr. Singh Among the Fugitives here.