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The Vacationers: A Novel - Emma Straub
The Vacationers: A Novel
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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:... show more
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.  
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594631573 (1594631573)
ASIN: 1594631573
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it
2.5
I read this book yesterday and it was an odd little venture. If you like portraitures of family life that don't really go anywhere, this is one of those stories. I feel like it was neither good nor bad. I listened on audiobook and had one uncomfortable moment where I was at a stop light when an extr...
Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
4.0 THE VACATIONERS by Emma Straub
The Posts and their friends go to Mallorca for vacation. Truths come out. People grow up. This is funny and sad and so realistic. I like that Jim and Frannie have to decide what to do with their marriage. I like their solution. I also liked that their son and daughter grow up during this time. She's...
jbarrett5 book reviews, etc
jbarrett5 book reviews, etc rated it
3.5
The Vacationers by Emma StraubSylvia a is done with high school and now she wants to do something for the summer and is thinking of going on the family vacation. She can practice her Spanish there.Book also follows James and their parents in Spain. Jim has lost his editorial job, something to do wi...
In Love of Books and Friendship
In Love of Books and Friendship rated it
3.0 The Vacationers
This was my book club's most recent selection and book we discussed on Sunday. A "lighter" read was preferred by our group and this won the vote based on that assumption. It was indeed a lighter read than our previous selections and overall it was thought to be slighter better than your average bea...
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it
0.0 The Vacationers
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