The Vacationers A Novel Author:Emma Straub 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 wedd... more »ing 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.
Extremely dull and boring. Tried twice to get through it and I just can't. You'd think since it was in the setting of a place like Mallorca that it would be interesting. The author doesn't describe the setting hardly at all. Not wasting any more time with this one.
Huh, I didn't think this book was dull or boring, not even slow. I enjoyed a glimpse into these peoples lives, they were hurt, troubled, lost and all struggling with actual real-life issues. Sure, none of the characters were super likeable, but that made them more realistic to me. I liked this family drama.