Award-winning novelist, journalist & playwright.

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A Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor "Best Book of the Year"

A "rich and worldly first novel. Bottom line: Glorious."

-People Magazine, Critic's Choice


"One of those rare novels that appeals equally to mind, heart and soul." -San Francisco Chronicle

"EASTER ISLAND is a double helix of a novel that intertwines two gripping stories of exploration and betrayal." -Emma Donoghue, author of ROOM

"Utterly captivating....EASTER ISLAND is one of the best novels of the year." - Robert Stone, National Book Award winner



"Family conflict, fascinating social commentary, and a riveting plot converge in Jennifer Vanderbes' stunning STRANGERS AT THE FEAST, a thriller that also raises large and haunting questions about the meaning of guilt, innocence, and justice." -O, The Oprah Magazine

"A tour de force that traces the long history of two families' decisions to their inevitable, chilling intersection... A must read."


“Gorgeously written and uncompromising in its vision... more than a great novel. It's an important one.” - Justin Cronin, author of THE PASSAGE

"Compelling...punctuated with sharp observations about class and race, about the winners and losers in America's power grabs, and about the ways a family can play out a culture's conflicts."

-The Washington Post



"Two separate mysteries create and maintain suspense throughout this gripping WWII coming-of-age novel." 

- The New York Times 

"Vanderbes's unputdownable third novel... finds contemporary resonance in classic themes of humanity and loyalty tested by extremes....strikingly vivid, tackling war’s moral ambiguities from the open-eyed perspective of a young American woman on the cusp of adulthood... her most indelible character to date." - VOGUE

"A touching tale of a sister’s love for her brother, but the underlying themes are much deeper.  Readers will fall in love with the delightful Juliet, who is a smart and courageous heroine....the only disappointing thing about this book is that it has to end." - Library Journal, starred review


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