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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Strangers at the Feast

Strangers at the Feast: A NovelStrangers at the Feast: A Novel
Author:  Jennifer Vanderbes
Publisher:  Scribner
Publication date:  August 3, 2010


Donated by:  Angela (Reading Angel)


An unhappy family creeps toward a violent tragedy in Vanderbes's misfired sophomore novel (after Easter Island). Every one of the Olsons who gather on Thanksgiving Day, 2007, has issues. Matriarch Eleanor, adrift after years of ministering to a husband who never recovered from his Vietnam war experience, is flummoxed by her children's choices: her unmarried college professor daughter, Ginny, has just adopted a mute Indian girl, and son Douglas is up to his neck in the real estate bubble, prompting the ire of his wife, Denise, who can barely stand the ineptitude of Ginny's attempt at cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Then there's Kijo, who is out for revenge after one of Douglas's real estate deals gets his grandmother's home condemned. When Ginny's oven fails and the Olsen family decamps to Denise and Douglas's McMansion, the catastrophe that ensues will, of course, change and bind the lives of everyone involved. But without the love story, historical intrigue, and exotic locale of Easter Island, Vanderbes spins her wheels on a toothless Corrections-lite family saga that winds its way to an ever-so-unlikely big bang conclusion.

TOUR COMPLETE!


Participants
Katy  - done
Tiffany  - done
Amy - done


Reviews

11 comments:

Katy F. said...

Katy F.
CA
srfbluemama[at]gmail[dot]com

Tiffany Harkleroad said...

Me please!
Tiffany PA

Katy F. said...

I picked up the book at the PO this morning! Looking forward to diving in! :)

Katy F. said...

I'm putting it in the mail today. Here's the DC# 9102 1288 8230 0349 5719 93

Katy F. said...

Here's my review: http://fewmorepages.blogspot.com/2010/10/review-strangers-at-feast-by-jennifer.html

Tiffany Harkleroad said...

I got this today, please let me know if there is a donor or an additional tour participant to mail it to next!

Amy said...

I would like to add my name to the list for this book!

~ Amy
Aimala127@gmail.com

Tiffany Harkleroad said...

Sent to Amy yesterday, DC 0308 0070 0000 3217 7532

Here is the link to my review
http://tiffanysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2010/10/strangers-at-feast-by-jennifer.html

Amy said...

I received the book, thanks Tiffany!

~ Amy

Amy said...

I sent the book to Jennifer today:
DC #420149059102148008600294036924

(hopefully I wrote the # down correctly this time!)

~ Amy

Amy said...

My review of Strangers at the Feast is posted:

http://homeofaimala.blogspot.com/2010/11/book-review-strangers-at-feast-by.html

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