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
STRANGERS AT THE FEAST
"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
THE SECRET OF RAVEN POINT
"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