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
"Utterly captivating....EASTER ISLAND is one of the best novels of the year."
- Robert Stone, National Book Award winner
"EASTER ISLAND is a double helix of a novel that intertwines two gripping stories of exploration and betrayal."
-Emma Donoghue, author of ROOM
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
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
“Gorgeously written and uncompromising in its vision, STRANGERS AT THE FEAST is more than a great novel. It's an important one.”
- Justin Cronin, author of THE PASSAGE
"Vanderbes has written 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. "--Library Journal, starred review
"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."--Washington Post
"A tour de force that traces the long history of two families' decisions to their inevitable, chilling intersection...A must-read."--Book Page