About the Author
Jennifer Vanderbes was born and raised in New York City and received her B.A. in
English Literature from Yale and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers'
Her first published story, "The Hatbox", was selected by Tobias Wolff for inclusion in the
anthology Best New American Voices 2000 and was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as
"outstanding... The piece exhibits relaxed, old-fashioned storytelling reminiscent of W.
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 published by Scribner in 2010 and 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 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.
She has taught creative writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University's
M.F.A. Program, and at the Colgate Writers' Conference.
Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Cullman Fellowship at the New
York Public Library.
Her third novel, The Secret of Raven Point, will be published in 2014.
For book club and general reader queries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Vanderbes is represented by Dorian Karchmar at the William Morris Endeavor
Photo by Eamon Hickey