Infinite Splendours by Sofie Laguna- Our Review
ABIA Longlist 2021 – Literary Fiction Book of the Year
Infinite Splendours is the long-awaited novel from Miles Franklin winner Sofie Laguna.
Laguna, author of The Eye of the Sheep, The Choke & more has a keen eye for uncovering the hidden, the ‘tells’ that reveal the broken pieces of us, with a particular interest in the delicate formative years of childhood.
Laurence Loman, older brother of Paul, is a gifted child. Artistic and sensitive, he is a high achiever at primary school. With a brittle widowed mother and a robust younger brother, he is the glue that binds the family together.
They live on a small orchard at the base of the Grampians, and while life in the 1950’s without a father figure is hard, they are pretty content. When their mother’s cosmopolitan brother Reggie arrives, jocular and chummy, both boys are initially wary of sharing their mother, but gradually Laurie falls under his spell, dazzled by his tales. But his trust is manipulated and he is betrayed by Reggie and all around him.
Heartbreaking but never sentimental, Infinite Splendours gently unravels so many societal taboos that need deeper contemplation and refection. An important novel for our times.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books