The Vacationers (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
"Delicious . . . richly riveting . . . The Vacationers offers all the delights of a fluffy, read-it-with-sunglasses-on-the-beach read, made substantial by the exceptional wit, insight, intelligence and talents of its author."--People (four stars) An irresistible, deftly observed novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of Modern Lovers-- about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family's two-week stay in Mallorca. For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated. This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole.
About the Author
Emma Straub is the New York Times‒bestselling author of Modern Lovers, The Vacationers, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Straub's work has been published in fifteen countries. She and her husband co-own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn.