The Vacationers is the perfect holiday book to accompany a summer sojurn. The story chronicles the Mallorca visit of the Post family. As luck would have it Sylvia and Jim Post are in the midst of a mid-marriage/life crisis brought upon by Jim's dalliance with an intern at work. Their daughter Franny Post is begrudgingly along on this last holiday with family before she heads off to college. The Post's son is joining them with his much older girlfriend. The couple currently lives in Florida. The final twosome is Sylvia's dearest friend Charles and his husband Lawrence.
Everyone has arrived at the island with their own agenda and personal summit to climb. The clever deceit of The Vacationers is that it unfolds like most vacations. No matter the length of your vacation, it takes a while to unwind in the beginning. The real action is in the middle. And by then end, you are ready to return to the routine of your life.
I don't like to give away much of the book, but suffice to say that book is a nice summer package that will keep you engaged as you sit by the pool.
About the Author
Emma Straub is from New York City. She is the author of the novels The Vacationers and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Vogue, New York Magazine, Tin House, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and the The Paris Review Daily. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn.