The Vacationers

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Penguin Group USA, 2014 - Fiction - 292 pages
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"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, coming Summer 2016-- 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  - 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

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User Review  - Lorna McGlynn - Goodreads

Characters flat and unrelatable. My mom went to Mallorca and all she talked about was the beach; so why did the characters, including a teenager, not get to the beach until their 2nd week there? Unreal. Entertaining, but don't expect a lot of depth. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Emma Straub is from New York City. She is the author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and Other People We Married, and her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Vogue, Tin House, The New York Times, and the The Paris Review Daily. She is a staff writer for Rookie. Straub lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn.

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