Strangers and Sojourners


Strangers and Sojourners, set in a remote valley of the interior of British Columbia, is about the lives of two exiles, an Englishwoman, Anne, and her husband Stephen, an Irishman. Beginning on the first day of the 20th century, and concluding in the mid-1970’s, the Delaney’s story is the foundational novel for the following two novels, Plague Journal and Eclipse of the Sun. (published by Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1997)

“A superior story teller is now among us worthy to join the ranks of Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, and C.S. Lewis. No novel since Dostoevsky has nourished my soul like Strangers and Sojourners. This book will break your heart, and it will open your eyes to see why your heart needs to be broken.”

— Peter Kreeft, Author, The Shadowlands of C.S. Lewis

“Michael O’Brien writes with great mastery and wisdom. Strangers and Sojourners is compelling and moving and altogether sui generis. This amazing writer has an elegaic style seasoned with wit and erudition and a mesmerizing vision of where we are and where we are going. This book deserves a wide readership.”

— Ralph McInerny, Author, Fr. Dowling Mysteries

Strangers and Sojourners comes as a haunting surprise. The story recalls real places with events that reach to the very heart of things. This is an absorbing novel about the search for home, for that ultimate place wherein we are no longer strangers or sojourners.”

— James Schall, S.J., Georgetown University

“The book for which spiritual readers have been waiting many decades: characters that stay in your heart like beloved friends; a profound Christian vision that permeates every page. A novel to refresh us with beauty and pathos, hope and light. Buy copies for everyone you love.”

— Ronda Chervin, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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