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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Vanderbes Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On Thanksgiving Day 2007, three generations of the Olson family gather. Eleanor and Gavin worry about their daughter, Ginny, an unmarried academic in her thirties with a newly adopted Indian daughter, and about their son, Douglas, who has recently been caught in the imploding real-estate bubble. But Ginny and Douglas, determined to have a perfect holiday, keep their troubles secret, a skill they have learned from their parents. As old grudges, personality clashes, and a stove malfunction spiral the Olson's holiday into a tense and foodless afternoon, seventeen-year-old Kijo Jackson and his best friend, Spider, set out from the housing projects on a mysterious job. As these two families-one white, one black-head toward a violent and inevitable encounter, Jennifer Vanderbes masterfully lays bare the fraught lives of these fascinating characters and the lengths to which they will go to protect their families. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Family conflict, fascinating social commentary, and a riveting plot converge in Jennifer Vanderbes’ stunning Strangers at the Feast, a thriller that also raises large and haunting questions about the meaning of guilt, innocence, and justice.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • An absorbing and suspenseful story about the dynamics of family, generational misunderstandings, and the desperate ways one copes with both the arbitrariness of fate and the consequences of one's choices. Library Journal Starred Review
  • “An inventively plotted, highly readable novel about white Americans’ overweening sense of entitlement.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/9/2014

    " This book is about disfunctional and tension filled family members getting together at Thanksgiving. After interesting backstories are presented ,tragedy occurs that change their lives forever. The way the story is written they were on this collision course as a result of their choices in pursuing their American dream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/8/2014

    " 3.5 actually. A somewhat strange read. I think this will make for a good discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/4/2014

    " Started out really strong but lost a lot of momentum. I would have preferred just a family drama with solid plot of relationships and social mores without the drama of the home invasion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patricia Sanders | 1/18/2014

    " Strangers at the Feast is family drama at it's best. Many families keep secrets, but the members of this family did not seem to have much in common until a tragic holiday event. This is a riveting read and brings up many issues that would make for great book club discussions. "

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