Strangers is the engrossing memoir of a Kiwi couple who volunteer for overseas work with their church. They are sent with their four young children to a remote valley in the central highlands of Papua New Guinea.
With candour and insight, Wendy Baker deftly evokes the tension, hilarity and occasional horror of trying to blend into an alien society. Buoyed up at first by the spectacular mountain scenery and a cheerful sense of adventure, the Bakers settle in for the long haul among their friendly but often unfathomable neighbours, many of whom still live in Stone Age conditions.
But as the stress of culture shock begins to take its toll, these rather naive Christians are also shaken by a series of dismaying insights into the organisation leaders they serve under.
The intrinsic drama and comic relief of this narrative make it a gripping story throughout. Wendy Baker is a natural storyteller.
Written by Wendy Baker
- Soft cover: 224 pages
- Dimensions: W145mm x H205mm