The Vacationers: A Novel

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Penguin, May 29, 2014 - Fiction - 304 pages
3928 Reviews
"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.


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User Review  - ChrisWay - LibraryThing

I thought I would enjoy this book more than I did, but instead I found it a bit hohum. The characters didn't really grab my attention in any significant way, so it was hard for me to fall in love with the story. Read full review

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Encountering casual racism in what is supposed to be a smart "beach read" is so jarring. The way the WASP-y family treated Carmen was terrible, and I thought they'd all eventually realize it, but they ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
26
Section 4
32
Section 5
46
Section 6
54
Section 7
68
Section 8
83
Section 18
199
Section 19
212
Section 20
221
Section 21
240
Section 22
241
Section 23
251
Section 24
265
Section 25
269

Section 9
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Section 10
103
Section 11
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Section 12
134
Section 13
136
Section 14
154
Section 15
155
Section 16
161
Section 17
174
Section 26
279
Section 27
283
Section 28
287
Section 29
289
Section 30
293
Section 31
295
Section 32
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About the author (2014)

Emma Straub is the New York Times‒bestselling author of Modern Lovers, The VacationersLaura 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.

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