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Easter Island

2 Ratings: 2.0
A book by Jennifer Vanderbes

Restrained passion and conflicted loyalties drive this sweeping debut novel, in which two women of different eras experience the mysteries of Easter Island. In 1912, Elsa Pendleton's father dies and leaves her to care for her 19-year-old sister, Alice, … see full wiki

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Author: Jennifer Vanderbes
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
2 reviews about Easter Island
review by . January 23, 2009
Botanico-historical fiction works pretty well in this debut by Vanderbes. She inserts the story of a fictional 1913 British husband-and-wife (and her younger psychologically-challenged sister and ward) expedition to the island into the still-unresolved historical and ecological context of the island. The story then cuts back and forth to 1973, when a widowed American botanist comes to the Island to help solve the mystery of where the trees went (Easter Island has had no trees in its recorded history …
review by . October 21, 2009
The many layers of fiction and fact interwoven in this hard-to-define debut impressed me, but it's also a book that may have tried just a little too hard to squeeze everything in.    The title of the book is what immediately pulled me in, but what unfolded between the pages was often less than remarkable. I really wanted to love this book with all of its rich history and impressive science, but the plot and characters seemed flat and uninspiring. The parallel stories with 60 …
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