Sophia Michelle Delanner
Infinity House (2015)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (02/16)
“About Anna…” by Sophia Michelle Delanner is the delightful story of Anna, and her search for the meaning of life and happiness, set in contemporary New York City. Anna is an almost 40 year-old Russian immigrant, who moved to New York City with her entire dysfunctional family. She struggles to escape the grip of her controlling mother while maintaining peace in the family and raising a daughter of her own. Anna has been in more bad relationships than she cares to admit, and has just about given up on true love, when she meets David. Together they enjoy a whirlwind romance, but their respective paths could cause trouble down the road. Anna’s celebrates many joys and suffers many pains; along the way old family issues begin to surface that completely change her family forever. Anna finds her journey to forgiveness to be tough; but her search for herself and self-acceptance prove to be the most challenging hurdle of all.
This has to be the most fun I have had relating to a story in some time. The writing is so charismatic, full of wit and dry humor. I laughed out loud many times throughout the book, at the cleverness and direct sarcasm applied to each encounter Anna has, with her family, prospective romantic partners, and old friends. Her family members belong to the Naysayers, Inc., with her mother being the CEO. Speaking of which, the dysfunctional relationship Anna has with her mother will drive readers crazy, many will be able to relate, if not directly, than through their own personal experiences. Readers will experience more than fun and humor though; I found myself quite the emotional basket case at times. Anna’s character could be representative of any woman, riddled with self-doubt and insecurities developed from growing up in the midst of dysfunction, and the depth of her character is what intrigues me the most. In fact, all of the characters are given life in such a way that will draw you inside their heads, whether you like them or not.
I highly recommend “About Anna…” by Sophia Michelle Delanner for a remarkably clever read. This beautifully written debut novel has me eagerly waiting to see what’s next from the refreshing talent of Ms. Delanner.