The Vacationers: A Novel
"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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
Review: The VacationersUser Review - Rhea - Goodreads
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