About the Author
Jennifer Vanderbes was born and raised in New York City and received
her B.A. in English Literature from Yale University and her M.F.A. in
Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Her first published story, "The Hatbox", was selected by Tobias Wolff for
inclusion in Best New American Voices 2000 and was hailed as
"outstanding" by Publisher's Weekly: "The piece exhibits relaxed,
old-fashioned storytelling reminiscent of W. Somerset Maugham."
Her first novel, Easter Island, was named a "best book of 2003" by the
Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor and was translated into
sixteen languages. Her second novel, Strangers at the Feast, was
described by Library Journal as "an absorbing and suspenseful story
about the dynamics of family, generational misunderstandings, and the
desperate ways one copes with both the arbitrariness of fate and the
consequences of one's choices."
Her third novel, The Secret of Raven Point, will be published in February
Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street
Journal, Washington Post and The Atlantic, and her short fiction has
appeared in Granta.
Her first play was recently optioned by Jeffrey Richards Associates.
She has taught creative writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Columbia
University, the University of Tampa and the Colgate Writers' Conference.
Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Dorothy and Lewis B.
Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a Wisconsin Institute
for Creative Writing Fellowship, a Colgate University Creative Writing
Fellowship, and a Truman Capote Fellowship.
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Jennifer Vanderbes is represented by Dorian Karchmar at the William Morris
Photo by Eamon Hickey