The Vacationers

The Vacationers

eBook - 2014
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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: 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.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014
ISBN: 9781101618042
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 03, 2016

Read it before. A marriage in trouble, a teenager about to enter college and a trip to Europe to hopefully work things out. And, of course they do. Nothing about this book engaged me.

Jul 22, 2016

This was an easy read but, as some other reviewers have mentioned, the ending was too pat.

Jul 13, 2016

This is a perfect summer read - it's breezy with just enough drama. As a reader you have enough invested in the characters to see the story through.

dgeorgia Jul 02, 2016

I would not recommend this book. The characters are simplistic and I noticed some similarities in the characters between this book and the author's other book "Modern Lovers". There are some good lines that are very well written. Overall, this book just reviews the banality of life and recovery after certain situations. If you want a good summer read, try "The Hissy Fit" by Mary Kay Andrews.

Jun 03, 2016

I hated these people but I couldn't put the book down!

Sep 21, 2015

A quick, easy and enjoyable summer read.

Sep 12, 2015

It is a great summer read

Jul 13, 2015

A charming, quick, light and enjoyable read. Many lovely observations. I think this on a million "beach reads" lists for a good reason. It's refreshingly fizzy with a touch of sharpness that saves it from being too fluffy. I read it within a few hours during a lay-over, and found it very satisfying.

Jul 11, 2015

As one of the books I managed to read to the very end, it's overall a light read. Descriptions of characters are realistic and relatively vivid. But I would've read something else.

Jul 06, 2015

Dysfunctional family goes on a trip with friends. They take their problems and irritating personalities with them. Not my kind of vacation!

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Jul 06, 2015

Dysfunctional family goes on a trip with friends. Take their problems and irritating personalities with them. Not my kind of vacation!


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Dec 22, 2014

"Family is nothing more than hope cast out in a wide net, everyone wanting only the best."

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