Monday, December 8, 2008

Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes

The Tuesday Evening BHPL book group will discuss Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes tomorrow at 7:30 PM. Ms. Vanderbes's first novel won critical acclaim and was selected Best Book of the Year in 2003 by the Washington Post. The novel follows three stories: that of two women who visit Easter Island 60 years apart and the story of the German fleet that stopped in Easter Island during World War I. The book offers something for everyone: it is quite detailed about the archaeology, botany, and history of Easter Island. The characters are well-drawn and there is mystery, romance and suspense in the intertwined lives of the characters over time.

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Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this book but does anyone know of other fictional books about Easter Island. A search of Amazon shows few. Tangata manu ~ Birdman of Easter Island seems to be a recent one. Any other suggestions?

Anne said...

Thanks for your comment. Try "the Moai Murders" by Lyn Hamilton which is listed in the BHPL catalog. Here's the annotation, also from the catalog:
"Antiques dealer Lara McClintoch accompanies her best friend to Easter Island--now known as Rapa Nui--and the Moai, its giant stone carvings. Their awe is soon tempered by the fierce rivalries among a group of Rapa Nui experts at their hotel. When one ends up dead, Lara investigates."

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your suggestion - I'll try that