The Vacationers (Large Print / Paperback)
All is not peachy as Franny and Jim head to Spain for their 35th wedding anniversary and a 2-week long friends and family reunion. Joining them are:
Sylvia- their recent high-school graduate (desperate to reinvent herself before she goes off to college)
Bobby- Sylvia’s older brother and Florida realtor (too bad the market has collapsed)
Carmen-Bobby’s much older girlfriend (the fam is not too keen on her)
Charlie and Lawrence- old friends of the family (practically newlyweds)
It’s a small island, and so much togetherness sets secrets and desires free - with some comic results. Sympathetic characters let you hope that two weeks will be enough time for them to get their acts together. This is a great poolside read!
June 2014 Indie Next List
“Straub's latest is a smart, delicious read. Each perfectly crafted character reveals the anxieties, missteps, and misfortunes we all face as we journey through each phase of life. Using alternating voices, Straub expertly reveals the flawed dynamics among families, the affairs and untruths that pull us apart, and the bonds that keep us together. The Vacationers is one of those unforgettable books that make you laugh at yourself, reflect on past decisions, and hug those you love.”
— Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
The Posts are going on their first family vacation in years, and it's going to be a special one: Jim and Franny are taking their daughter Sylvia, son Bobby and his girlfriend, and Franny's best friend Charles and his husband, all the way to Mallorca for two weeks of the sort of relaxation, culture and cuisine that only Europe can offer. But there are problems. After a transgression with a 23-year-old editorial assistant, Jim has been sacked from his job, and now his and Franny's marriage is on the rocks. Charles and Lawrence are feeling divided over their future, Bobby is mired in debt problems and stuck in a relationship that's pulling in opposite directions and his girlfriend Carmen, super-fit personal trainer and, at 40-something, far too old for Bobby, seems to have realised her mistake. As for Sylvia, she's 18, about to go to college, and determined to lose her virginity before she gets there.