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It is 1913. Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her husband, an anthropologist sent by the Royal Geographical Society to study the colossal moai statues, and her younger sister. What begins as familial duty for Elsa becomes a grand adventure; on Easter Island she discovers her true calling. But out of contact with the outside world, she is unaware that World War I has been declared and that a German naval squadron, fleeing the British across the South Pacific, is heading toward the island she now considers home. Sixty years later, Dr. Greer Farraday, an American botanist, travels to Easter Island to research the island's ancient pollen, but more importantly, to put back the pieces of her life after the death of her husband. A series of brilliant revelations brings to life the parallel quests of these two intrepid young women as they delve into the centuries-old mysteries of Easter Island. Slowly unearthing the island's haunting past, they are forced to confront turbulent discoveries about themselves and the people they love, changing their lives forever. Easter Island is a tour de force of storytelling that will establish Jennifer Vanderbes as one of the most gifted writers of her generation. Foreign rights to Easter Island have been sold in 14 countries, including England, Spain, and France.

Review:

"The tight weaving of the two stories can feel a bit suffocating. But it is to Vanderbes's credit that it never seems formulaic....This is a readable, entertaining work." Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

Review:

"Recalling A. S. Byatt's Possession... weaves together history, science and romance, while maintaining and undercurrent of suspense." Time Out (New York)

Review:

"One of the best novels of the year... fully imagined and wonderfully written." Robert Stone

Review:

"Splendid... captures in the intertwined stores of two women a passion for life and for science that transcends time." Andrea Barrett, author of Servants of the Map

Review:

"Intelligently conceived and elegantly written... gripping storytelling." Newsday

Review:

"A beautiful story... a journey of mystery and surprise that readers will want to take again and again." Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Review:

"Vanderbes knows how to craft suspense, and the narratives-while packed with vivid historical and scientific detail-move forward on the strength of her fully realized characters. When the connection between Elsa and Greer is revealed, it illuminates the novel." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

In this extraordinary fiction debut--rich with love and betrayal, history and intellectual passion--two remarkable narratives converge on Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world.

About the Author

Jennifer Vanderbes is a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers Workshop. She was a McCreight Fellow in Fiction at the University of Wisconsin, and most recently was the Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385336741
Author:
Vanderbes, Jennifer
Publisher:
Dial Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.00x6.11x.69 in. .69 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Dial Press - English 9780385336741 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The tight weaving of the two stories can feel a bit suffocating. But it is to Vanderbes's credit that it never seems formulaic....This is a readable, entertaining work."
"Review" by , "Recalling A. S. Byatt's Possession... weaves together history, science and romance, while maintaining and undercurrent of suspense."
"Review" by , "One of the best novels of the year... fully imagined and wonderfully written."
"Review" by , "Splendid... captures in the intertwined stores of two women a passion for life and for science that transcends time."
"Review" by , "Intelligently conceived and elegantly written... gripping storytelling."
"Review" by , "A beautiful story... a journey of mystery and surprise that readers will want to take again and again."
"Review" by , "Vanderbes knows how to craft suspense, and the narratives-while packed with vivid historical and scientific detail-move forward on the strength of her fully realized characters. When the connection between Elsa and Greer is revealed, it illuminates the novel." Publishers Weekly
"Synopsis" by , In this extraordinary fiction debut--rich with love and betrayal, history and intellectual passion--two remarkable narratives converge on Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world.
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