Many vacationers pack books to take on trips so that they can catch up on their reading while lying on the beach, in transit or lounging at a resort. Interestingly, some vacationers this year will be reading Emma Straub’s bestselling, critically acclaimed novel The Vacationers. True to its title, the story is about a family from Manhattan, the Posts, on a two week vacation to the Balearic island of Mallorca. The getaway, which includes extended family and friends, is perfectly timed, considering Franny and Jim are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, and their daughter Sylvia has just graduated from high school. This exotic and picturesque excursion is also a much needed escape from household tensions, or so it seems.
With all the elements in place for a perfect storm, it’s not surprising when things don’t go exactly according to plan. Against the backdrop of beautiful sunlit beaches and awe-inspiring mountains, secrets are reveals, past rivalries flare up and old wounds are reopened.
There is no shortage of drama with storylines involving the Posts’ marital troubles along with their son Bobby and his much-older girlfriend wanting a favor and daughter Sylvia determined to lose her innocence to her Spanish tutor.
In this heartfelt and often humorous tale of a family who’s struggling to adapt to change, we see the best and the worst of these characters. Only a family can fight this bitterly and still love so completely, being enemies one minute and the best of friends the next.
Readers will undoubtedly find this book to be very relatable, seeing much of themselves and their own familial relationships in its pages. Plus, with pleasure trips rarely living up to our expectations, it also helps us to get a proper perspective of what it is to have a really disastrous vacation
Other books by Emma Straub include the novel Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures and the short story collection Other People We Married.
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