Strangers at the Feast

Strangers at the Feast

A Novel

Book - 2010
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A riveting second novel that unfolds over the course of Thanksgiving Day as two families are connected by a horrific crime.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439166987
1439166986
9781439166956
1439166951
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 25 cm

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TheresaAJ
Dec 26, 2017

Set during the real estate collapse in late 2007, this novel explores its impact on two families -- the suburban Olsons and the inner city family of Kijo Jackson in Connecticut. As a disastrous Thanksgiving unfolds, both families' histories are revealed until they collide in a fatal crime on Thanksgiving night. Vanderbes explores an unraveling American dream for a taciturn Vietnam vet, his stay-at-home wife, their real estate mogul son whose empire is collapsing, and their academic daughter who brought an orphan home from India. Running parallel to the Olson story is the Jackson family whose proud matriarch cleaned up her inner city neighborhood only to have it taken by eminent domain to finance a high-rise business tower. As the novel races to its conclusion, it has a lot to say about social class, money, and the American dream.

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annspivack
Sep 18, 2010

So disappointing because this book started out so beautifully. I like the author's writing style but for the second half of the book it felt as if she was filling in the blanks, not giving us insight into the characters but just coloring in the spaces.

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