Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Vacationers by Emma Straub (with giveaway)


The Vacationers:
A Novel
by Emma Straub

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Published: May 2014
Publisher: SparkPress
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Hardback: 304 pages
Rating: 4.5

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.

My two-bits:

Great summer read that really gets you into vacation mode.

Loved being drawn onto the island of Mallorca and learning a little bit about it. The scenes described made me want to visit there... someday.

The story does well in presenting a family and its drama and how a vacation can affect situations.

The characters were varied with their individual problems that were equally interesting to follow.

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  1. Ive read so much about The vacationers added it to goodreads will

  2. Thanks for this great giveaway. Added it to GR. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com


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