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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.

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 important, 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.

One of the best novels of the year.

ROBERT STONE, AUTHOR OF DOG SOLDIERS

Splendid...captures in the intertwined stories of two women a passion for life and for science that transcends time.

ANDREA BARRETT, AUTHOR OF SERVANTS OF THE MAP

Recalling A.S. Byatt's Possession...weaves together history, science and romance, while maintaining an undercurrent of suspense.

TIME OUT (NEW YORK)

Captivating...one of those impressive debut novels that come along once a year...and demands that readers take notice of its existence.

ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH

A gorgeous debut.

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

Intelligently conceived and elegantly written, Easter Island is a pleasure to read...combines gripping traditional storytelling with scientist-explorer protagonists...makes the quest for scientific breakthroughs both exciting and all too human.

NEWSDAY

Synopsis:

It is 1913. Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her husband and her sister. What begins as familial duty becomes a grand adventure as she discovers her true calling. "Easter Island" is a tour-de-force of storytelling that will establish Vanderbes as a most gifted writer.

Synopsis:

The centuries-old mysteries and haunting past of Easter Island become catalysts for the parallel quests of two young women, separated by sixty years of history--Elsa Pendleton, who travels to Easter Island with her anthropologist husband in 1913, and widowed American botanist Dr. Greer Faraday--as they confront discoveries about themselves and the people they love. A first novel.

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 theworld.

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 youngersister. 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 andthat 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 toEaster Island to research the island's ancient pollen, but more important, to put back the pieces of her life after the death of her husband.

A series of brilliant revelations brings to lifethe 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 turbulentdiscoveries 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 giftedwriters of her generation.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jennifer Vanderbes is a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writersā€™ 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440334132
Publisher:
Dial Press
Subject:
General
Author:
Vanderbes, Jennifer
Author:
Jennifer Vanderbes
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction-Historical - General
Subject:
Fiction-Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
British
Subject:
Anthropologists' spouses
Subject:
Women botanists
Subject:
Easter Island
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030501
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
308

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Product details 308 pages Dial Press - English 9780440334132 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , It is 1913. Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her husband and her sister. What begins as familial duty becomes a grand adventure as she discovers her true calling. "Easter Island" is a tour-de-force of storytelling that will establish Vanderbes as a most gifted writer.
"Synopsis" by , The centuries-old mysteries and haunting past of Easter Island become catalysts for the parallel quests of two young women, separated by sixty years of history--Elsa Pendleton, who travels to Easter Island with her anthropologist husband in 1913, and widowed American botanist Dr. Greer Faraday--as they confront discoveries about themselves and the people they love. A first novel.
"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 theworld.

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 youngersister. 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 andthat 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 toEaster Island to research the island's ancient pollen, but more important, to put back the pieces of her life after the death of her husband.

A series of brilliant revelations brings to lifethe 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 turbulentdiscoveries 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 giftedwriters of her generation.

From the Hardcover edition.

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