book cover of Strangers at the Feast

Strangers at the Feast

(2010)
A novel by

 
 
On Thanksgiving Day 2007, as the country teeters on the brink of a recession, three generations of the Olson family gather. Eleanor and Gavin worry about their daughter, a single academic, and her newly adopted Indian child, and about their son, who has been caught in the imploding real-estate bubble. While the Olsons navigate the tensions and secrets that mark their relationships, seventeen-year-old Kijo Jackson and his best friend Spider set out from the nearby housing projects on a mysterious job. A series of tragic events bring these two worlds ever closer, exposing the dangerously thin line between suburban privilege and urban poverty, and culminating in a crime that will change everyone's life.

In her gripping new book, Jennifer Vanderbes masterfully lays bare the fraught lives of this complex cast of characters and the lengths to which they will go to protect their families. Strangers at the Feast is at once a heartbreaking portrait of a family struggling to find happiness and an exploration of the hidden costs of the American dream.

Published to international acclaim, Jennifer Vanderbes's first book, Easter Island, was hailed as 'one of those rare novels that appeals equally to heart, mind, and soul,' by the San Francisco Chronicle. In her second novel, this powerful writer reaches new heights of storytelling. This page-turner wrestles with the most important issues of our time - race, class, and above all else, family. Strangers at the Feast will leave readers haunted and deeply affected.

Genre: Literary Fiction
Get it on Google Play

Praise for this book

"Gorgeously written and uncompromising in its vision, Strangers at the Feast is more than a great novel. It's an important one." - Justin Cronin


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Jennifer Vanderbes's Strangers at the Feast

Hardback Editions

August 2010 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Vanderbes
ISBN: 1-4391-6695-1 / 978-1-4391-6695-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Vanderbes
ISBN: 1-4391-6698-6 / 978-1-4391-6698-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

August 2010 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Vanderbes
ISBN: 1-4001-1836-0 / 978-1-4001-1836-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2010 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Vanderbes
ISBN: 1-4001-4836-7 / 978-1-4001-4836-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2010 : USA MP3 CD
thumb

Title: Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Vanderbes
ISBN: 1-4001-6836-8 / 978-1-4001-6836-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2010 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Vanderbes
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


August 2010 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Vanderbes
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Vanderbes
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2010 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Strangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Vanderbes
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU