With the quiet precision of Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres and the technical clarity of Mary Roach’s Stiff, this is a novel about a young woman who comes most alive while working in her father’s mortuary in a small, forgotten Western town.

Susan Henderson

Susan Henderson is 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 (HarperCollins, 2010) and The Flicker of Old Dreams (HarperCollins, 2018).

Shorter work has been published in The Future Dictionary of America (McSweeney’s Books, 2004), The Best American Non-Required Reading (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure (HarperPerennial, 2008), Drinking Diaries (Seal Press, 2012), Create a Writer Platform (Writer’s Digest, 2012), as well as a number of magazines and newspapers. She lives in New York and blogs at the writer support group,


THE FLICKER OF OLD DREAMS is so breathtakingly good, so exquisitely written. About a female mortician, about a childhood tragedy that still haunts a damaged young man, about the endless landscape and about those tiny sparks of possibility. Oh my God. Trust me. This book. This book. This Book.
— Caroline Leavitt, author of NYT Bestseller CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD
Susan Henderson’s UP FROM THE BLUE deftly portrays a family with contradictions we can all relate to—it’s beautiful and maddening, hopeful and condemning, simple, yet like a knot that takes a lifetime to untangle. This is a book that you will love completely, even as it hurts you. It is a heartbreaking, rewarding story that still haunts me. I absolutely loved this book…gushingly, unequivocally, loved it.
— Jamie Ford, author of NYT Bestseller HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET

Talks and Topics

  • The Flicker of Old Dreams presentation

  • Bridging the American Divide

  • Dear Discouraged Writer: Writing and Publishing Tips

  • Dying, Death, and Burial

  • Setting - Place as Character

  • Building a Social Media Presense and Writer Community

  • Flicker of Old Dreams - Reading Guide

  • LitPark Blog

  • Words for the Weary

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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • May 15, 2018: Beyond the Book Jacket - Cleveland, OH

  • May 22, 2018: KGB Bar, Forgiveness--or Not - NYC

  • June 19, 2018: Books on the T - Boston, MA

  • June 25, 2018: Featured Speaker at the Adult Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Event - Levittown NY

  • August 15, 2018: Adult Summer Reading Club Author Talk - Syosset Public Library, NY

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