The Vacationers

Straub, Emma

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Vacationers
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Penguin Putnam
"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 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.

Random House, Inc.
"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 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.


Baker & Taylor
Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter's high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.

Baker
& Taylor

Celebrating their 35th anniversary and their daughter's high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they would conceal. By the author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures.

Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014
ISBN: 9781594631573
1594631573
Branch Call Number: FIC S
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm

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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,... Read More »


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Mar 01, 2015
  • inthestacks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Post family from New York takes a two-week vacation on Mallorca before their 18 year-old daughter, Sylvia, heads off to college. Jim and Franny have been married for 35 years but there is tension in their marriage as an aftermath of Jim’s indiscretions with a young intern at work and subsequent involuntary retirement. Twenty-eight year-old son, Bobby, arrives from Miami with his 40 year-old partner, Carmen, who the family has never really liked. And longtime friend of Franny’s, Charles, and his husband, Lawrence, round out the group. Charles and Lawrence are nervously awaiting news on the adoption of a baby. Straub deftly switches between the perspectives of the characters telling a story of redemption, forgiveness and individual realizations. A floundering family finding their way. Done with humour and tenderness.

Feb 17, 2015
  • karen9 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A average story, I agree with others in that I felt it was unfortunate they brought all these problems on vacation. I guess I'm just not a huge fan of dysfunctional family stories. I would have rather seen a different type of problem rather then this. Aside from that it was okay!

Dec 18, 2014
  • ohboy2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Most of the characters lack depth, but become more likable as the story progresses. In the end they gain insights into their relationships, and why they are worth holding onto. Nice descriptions of place.

Dec 10, 2014
  • tegan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Slightly cheesy, slightly contrived, but very enjoyable. The story unfolds as expected, and it is delightful.

Nov 17, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is not your typical vacation read, it is very deed, and keep you interested to the end. I liked all the character, as they each had a story and are struggling to deal with their issues, just sad that they took their issues with them on vacation.

Nov 17, 2014
  • nappunkkomah rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I think this is the first book I'm giving a 1 star this year. I was hoping for a fun summer read, which in fact hadn't even gotten it until November, due to a long wait...but what's the long wait for? The entire story was filled with gossip. I didn't even find any good transition from having a problem to solving the problem. The narration was told to have been solved the problem and that was it. It was solved...don't know how.

Nov 16, 2014
  • tkarlin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A funny, smart read. A nice assortment of characters with believable flaws and predicaments. If you liked Where'd you go, Bernadette? I think you would enjoy this book too.

Nov 08, 2014
  • sandraperkins rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book amusing and enjoyable. The characters were believable, to me, because I have known people like them. Having all these people on vacation together in Mallorca may be a bit contrived, but I enjoyed being along for the ride. This is a relaxing, enjoyable read.

Oct 18, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I didn't like this book and didn't read it all. Kind of a cliquey New York City book natrated by a snarky kid.

Sep 30, 2014
  • karcoldelharvic5 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

this was the most boring book I read all summer, in fact all year. Didn't finish it.

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Dec 22, 2014
  • heathercardinale rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Family is nothing more than hope cast out in a wide net, everyone wanting only the best."

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