The Vacationers - Emma Straub

The Vacationers

By Emma Straub

  • Release Date: 2014-05-29
  • Genre: Family
Score: 3.5
From 823 Ratings


"Delicious . . . richly riveting . . . The Vacationers offers all the delights of a fluffy, read-it-with-sunglasses-on-the-beach read, made substantial by the exceptional wit, insight, intelligence and talents of its author.”—People (four stars)

An irresistible, deftly observed novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of Modern Lovers, 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.


  • Better Then Description

    By Dan'slast
    Although some parts of chapter jump around, I very much enjoyed this book despite a few of thee reviews I read. I do not normally pick my books based on reviews and I’m glad this one was no exception.
  • I

    By Dphezant
  • Lighthearted and Entertaining

    By rughooker
    This is an amusing summer read and the characters are entertaining. It is pure escapism. The author has a great sense of humor about the human condition!
  • The vacationers

    By Bernlovestolearn
    Easy summer reading as the title implies. Takes you to different personalities that every family has. Shows how the mama still is glue that pulls it together. Marriages and families need love and forgiveness to keep on going!
  • Boring

    By A Disgusted Skillet Fan
    Weak story and characters.
  • The vacationers

    By Sfb009
    Horribly boring
  • Predictable

    By Tree
    The descriptive aspect of this book was good- but it was predictable . A cheating husband-and the wife was too forgiving- the favorite part of this book was the gay couple! Book was predictable- sometimes amusing.
  • Good summer read

    By CBC81
    A good summer read albeit a predictable ending. I sort of want to know what happened to Carmen!
  • Dreadful

    By Mrkydoodle
    Boring people behaving out of character to achieve a convenient ending.