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



"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



"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

"STRANGERS AT THE FEAST is a big and satisfying book.”

- Meg Wolitzer, author of THE INTERESTINGS

“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