Literary Fiction


Category:Literary Fiction

Author:Wendy Skorupski

  • Publisher: Wendy Skorupski
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2024
  • Number of Pages: 400

Infinite Stranger by Wendy Skorupski is a poignant exploration of love, longing, and the intricate dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship. It begins on a snowy February morning in 1978, following eighteen-year-old Leah Cavanagh as she embarks on a transformative journey during a retreat at Greystones Abbey. Here, she meets Brother Matthew Haddon, and a connection that resonates deeply with Leah and her single mother, Molly, is ignited. Her mother is still haunted by the tragedy of her past and a loss that is etched deeply in her heart. Leah and Matthew will exchange letters while a budding longing takes root in her heart. Can she ever find fulfillment?

Skorupski is a great storyteller with a knack for capturing the finesse of human emotion. In this novel, she explores the depth of familial bonds, unrequited desires, and the quest for personal fulfillment. Through Leah's eyes, readers are drawn into a world where the lines between love and longing blur as she navigates her evolving relationship with Matthew amidst her mother's unwavering encouragement to pursue romance. The author's portrayal of Leah's internal struggle and gradual realization of the need for autonomy is powerful and relatable. As Leah confronts her feelings for Matthew and her mother's controlling influence, readers are on an emotional rollercoaster filled with moments of tenderness, turmoil, and self-discovery. The story is told in an irresistible first-person-narrative voice — immersive and delightful. A spiritual current runs through the pages, balanced by the clever infusion of humanity and realism into the writing. The dialogue's authenticity and the characters' depth elevate the quality of entertainment in this thrilling narrative, making it easy for readers to empathize with Leah's inner conflicts and triumphs. Skorupski's honest and nuanced portrayal of the mother-daughter relationship will captivate readers and leave a lasting impression long after turning the final page. Infinite Stranger is a beautiful gift for fans of literary fiction with unforgettable characters.

Reviewed By: Bertin Drizller

Reviewed Date: March 25, 2024

Category: Literary Fiction