Award-winning novelist, journalist & screenwriter.

Coming soon from Random House:

THE GATEKEEPER, the award-winning investigative book about the thalidomide scandal of the 1960s




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




"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."


"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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