Friday, June 27, 2014

The Vacationers

Island. Vacationing readers looking for a comparison to someone else’s vacation that provides humor and pleasure should consider reading Emma Straub’s novel The Vacationers. The Posts head to the island of Mallorca for a two week vacation bringing along their troubles and some secrets. After thirty five years of the ups and downs of marriage, Jim and Franny Post have reached a crisis point. Jim lost his job as a magazine editor after he had an inappropriate affair with a young colleague. Franny is furious. Daughter Sylvia heads to Brown soon, and her summer plan is to get laid. She knows something is bad in her parents’ relationship, but isn’t sure what it is. Twenty-eight year-old son Bobby lives in Florida with Carmen, a personal trainer. While his parents think he’s selling real estate, he’s in debt and working as a trainer and a peddler of nutritional powder. Bobby has no clue about his father’s indiscretion. Franny’s best friend, Charles, and his husband, Lawrence are also on this vacation while they await news about a potential adoption. On the island, all the secrets have no place to hide, and the two weeks provide just enough time for things to happen to all the characters. I enjoyed this novel because it provided the perfect light reading experience, with enough insight into human behavior to make the actions of every character ring true by the end. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase The Vacationers from

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