- By Emma Straub

The Vacationers

  • Title: The Vacationers
  • Author: Emma Straub
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Vacationers 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

    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 daAn 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.

    1 thought on “The Vacationers

    1. I kept reading in the hopes that someone would drown. Or maybe at the end of the book the plane would crash and the whole detestable, wealthy, privileged family would die on their way home from Mallorca, where their dream vacation in a giant private house near the ocean had been marred by secrets coming to light and infidelity.Really, the only character I liked here was Carmen, the personal trainer girlfriend of the older son, who commits the unpardonable sin of being ten years older than him, w [...]

    2. I confess to being utterly baffled by this book. I'm not referring to the book itself, which had a minimal plot that was very easy to follow. I'm referring to the critical reaction to The Vacationers. It had glowing reviews and seemed to be on every summer reading list. After reading it, I can only shake my head in wonder and ask why. Mass hallucination? Bribery? All the critics were friends of the writer? I don't know what else would explain this book being anointed this summer's must read.The [...]

    3. I do not know why I kept reading this book. It's basically a book about a family on vacation in MallorcaSome of the members have cheated outside their respective relationships at one time or another and all the resentment/secrets finally come to light and not even in any exciting events. They just talk about it.That's. it. On and on and on. Mostly whining.Nothing really "happens" in this book.'s like attending one big boring family reunion where you get seated beside your seventh cousin twice re [...]

    4. I guess I'm going to miss saying "god I hate this book" every 10 minutes. I can't stand it anymore. I just realized I have two chapters left and it hasn't stopped sucking once. Throwing in the towel.

    5. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/3.5 Stars“Secrets are no fun for anyone. Keep that in mind.”When my husband asked what I was reading about over the weekend, the answer was simple: Nothing. He followed up that response with, “uh oh so it’s a 1 Star book then?” I surprised him by saying no and here I am giving The Vacationers a solid 3.5. I still stand by this being about “nothing” when compared to most other books I read, but I remember a certain television show which I sti [...]

    6. This book was about as satisfying as eating a 12 pack of sugarless cinnamon gum for Sunday dinner. This is the tale of Franny: a short, fat, petty shrew of a woman who goes on vacation with her gay (of course!) best friend and his partner; her philandering husband Jim; her spoiled, useless children; and Carmen, poor, poor Carmen. Franny is using their 2 weeks in Mallorca to decide whether or not to stay in her marriage to her cheating, unemployed, albeit tall, husband.Franny toys with the idea o [...]

    7. A quick summer read following vapid, detestable characters who try to escape their problems but ultimately have to face them while on family vacation. Basically exactly what you expect it to be. It delivers on drama and wraps up nicely. Perfect for making you feel a little bit better about yourself too.

    8. Well this was just an absolute delight. I will admit that I was hesitant; although I had high hopes, I didn't love Emma's previous book, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, so I didn't expect to be reading her again any time soon. But my own vacation snuck up on me, and suddenly I was staring down three long flights and nine days at the beach, with not a thing on my shelves that I was thrilled about. A quick last-minute dash to the Strand turned up a proof of this, and here we are. And my goodness, [...]

    9. Sometimes I read great reviews of a book I just read and wonder if I read the same book. I felt that way with The Interestings, and today I feel the same about The Vacationers. I liked it. It was a nice airplane read. But it's not a "YOU GUYS THIS BOOK!" book like some of the reviews. Then again, I paid for my own copy.We follow the middle aged, upper-middle class Jim and Franny Post, their son Bobby and girlfriend Carmen, their daughter Sylvia, and Franny's best friend Charles and his husband L [...]

    10. Emma Straub’s “The Vacationers” is so much fun that I’d be willing to housesit her cat. A romantic comedy that evokes the classics, the story opens at the start of the Post family’s much-anticipated two-week trip to Spain. “The Posts hadn’t vacationed in years,” Straub tells us, “not like this.” Franny Post, the all-controlling wife and mother, “the maypole around which the rest of the world had to dance and twirl,” has spent months planning every detail, which, of course [...]

    11. A New York City family of four and three friends take a dream vacation to the beautiful island of Mallorca, off the coast of Spain. Franny, the "mother in chief" arranges a house swap and they all settle into a fabulous, spacious villa, complete with swimming pool, gourmet kitchen, and scenic vistas in all directions. Plus, the beach is only ten minutes away. What a wonderful set up for a great story! From the middle aged couple with marital problems, to their virginal eighteen year old daughter [...]

    12. The Vacationers by Emma Straub is a book that was hyped last year as the perfect beach read. I don’t read books based on seasons, but I guess if the definition of a “beach read” is a novel filled with shallow characters, clichéd situations, and the faintest hint of racism, then The Vacationers is the perfect beach read. Note: the plot in this book is extremely predictable and there are no “ah-ha!” moments, but I discuss pretty much everything. So if this is going to bother you, stop r [...]

    13. I read this book over the course of 24 hours. I feel like I have been on this beautiful vacation and back again, with an engaging family and their two friends. I simply adored this book. First off, what a wonderful vacation spot, Mallorca Spain. I found this lovely island on the map, and just as I suspected it is the actual home of Rafa Nadal, who I'm sure was the inspiration for the tennis star mentioned in the book, by a different name. Secondly, the characters were well drawn and loveable, mo [...]

    14. Very thin, even for a summer read. Thin on plot, thin on characterso cliche. The book read almost like a story pitch for a movie. I had expected it to be a little more fun. Ah well

    15. By the author of the disappointing Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures. I was skeptical about the book because of my experience with Emma Straub's earlier novel. And rightly so. I borrowed this because 1. hope springs eternal, and 2. (blushes) there were more people on the library waiting list for this book than any of the other books I had been investigating, 32. When will I ever learn?The people are unlikeable - I think (they are poorly portrayed), the plot is almost non-existent, there is no loca [...]

    16. 3.5. Appropriately I was reading this book while on vacation so it was the perfect backdrop for my holiday reading, this didn't require gamuts of concentration so if your after a light holiday read this is the perfect pick. The story revolves around a family trying to reconnect with each other, each one of them heading into different directions in their day to day lives they have somewhat detached from each other and each have their own secrets, while on vacation to Mallorca these secrets start [...]

    17. Book club or not, I just can't hang with these spoiled, dysfunctional, nauseously annoying and shallow wannabe A-Listers. After reading several reviews voicing similar opinions, I wondered how this book made so many "Must Read" summer lists. And then I thought - Ah, the power of marketing: making dandelions smell and sell like roses. Fleecing the masses. Case in point: Pet Rocks.

    18. My favorite thing about this novel is the love Emma Straub has for her characters. It emanates from every page like a balmy Mallorcan breeze and before you know it, you love the Posts and friends, finding it sad to say goodbye when The Vacationers ends.

    19. Other than holidays and weddings, there's nothing quite like a vacation with family and friends to hit all the right buttons on the dysfunction scale. No matter how idyllic, relaxing, and/or fun the plans seem like they'll be, some type of crisis, tension, or anguish (if not all three) is sure to arise, and turn everything at least slightly topsy-turvy.And so it goes in Emma Straub's newest novel, the fun, breezy, The Vacationers. New Yorkers Franny and Jim Post have planned a two-week vacation [...]

    20. I chose this book from the library shelves because of the cover and the title - I was going on vacation and wanted some lightness to add variety to the books I was bringing otherwise. This one is so light it could almost float away! It is the story of a dysfunctional (but rich) family on a vacation in beautiful, idyllic Mallorca. Right before leaving, the patriarch has revealed his affair with an intern at his magazine, which has led to his premature "retirement."I feel like Emma Straub created [...]

    21. The summer vacation - two weeks in a beautiful rented home in Mallorca - has been long planned, but recent developments have changed the tone of the trip and given everyone something to think about. New Yorkers Frannie and Jim are struggling with the aftermath of infidelity, and need to figure out if they can save their marriage. Their daughter Sylvia has just broken up with her boyfriend, with whom she had hoped to lose her virginity before heading off to college. Their son needs to decide if h [...]

    22. More wry and observant than fluffy, a vacation read with a little bit of a bite. Jim and Franny Post from Manhattan take a family vacation to Mallorca to celebrate their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary - although at the moment, they aren't exactly speaking. Accompanying them are their angsty but droll teen-aged daughter and shiftless grown son, the son's older girlfriend who no one likes, and Franny's gay best friend and his husband. Everyone has a secret or a "situation," and the story is told [...]

    23. Before diving into this, I wasn't sure what to do expect. I won this through a giveaway, and I haven't read anything by Emma Straub before. My thought process went a little something like this: Oh excellent, another book I might read halfway, struggle through it, and eventually give up on it. The reason behind this caution might have stemmed from my sister. She read it first, while I finished up with another book, and promptly abandoned it shortly after reading a few chapters. Now, usually we h [...]

    24. Easy to readfluffy summer book with everything wrapped up at the end-which I don't necessarily like because life isn't that way. But it's an enjoyable book.

    25. 3.5 stars(Curious how this is the second consecutive novel I've read (the other being Susan Rieger's The Divorce Papers) whose marketing wizards compare it to Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Like Gone Girl for the suspense world, it's almost like Bernadette's evoked as a measuring stick every time they try to market a "light-and fluffy comedy" title. Given Emma Straub's The Vacationers and Rieger's novel bear almost no resemblance whatsoever to Bernadette, you can't help but harbor cy [...]

    26. So, when you go to a Nancy Meyers movie, you go not because you want to be surprised, or thrilled, or changed in any way. You go in expecting to see amazing interiors, well-known actors playing almost precisely the kinds of parts for which they are renowned, and a smooth-moving romantic plot. That's what you're going to find in The Vacationers. A family 'in crisis' goes to Majorca for a two week vacation, along with the requisite gay couple who are their witty urbane friends. Is the teenage daug [...]

    27. Vacationers is no vacation at all. Unless your idea of vacation is waiting for the cheater to get decked, the annoying mother to get her due, or the sulking virgin to find her Romeo. I usually don't review a book before my book club has talked about it but our gathering is 2 weeks out and I want to get this book behind me.I just can't do books where I don't like the characters. This family was believable, their predicaments realistic and their faults quite human. But they aren't fun to be around [...]

    28. Is it possible to have a family full of drama bring no drama to a book at all???? I had been waiting on this book for nearly 6 weeks. Supposedly it's the "hot" book this summer. Yet after reading it, I can say that I honestly have NO idea why. Why are people reading this book? I'd rather do laundry. The only thing that kept me going was the positive reviews. I kept hoping something riveting would happen.Just the opposite. It lacked everything. There was not a single likable character, There was [...]

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