The Vacationers

3.14 based on 41469 ratings & 4778 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 05.06.2014
ISBN: 9781447262879
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

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Two weeks in a remote island villa with America's most dysfunctional family - what could possibly go wrong?

It was set to be the family vacation of a lifetime.

From Manhattan to Majorca, two weeks in a remote island villa, with the sort of relaxation, culture and cuisine that only Europe can offer. At least, that was Franny's plan. She wasn't counting on the extra baggage . . .

Warm, wry and glowing with life, The Vacationers is a glorious novel of marriage, friendship, secrets, lies - and love.

In the media

A novel that is both a lot of fun to read and has plenty of insight into the marital bond and the human condition.
Kirkus (starred review)
A novel that is both a lot of fun to read and has plenty of insight into the marital bond and the human condition.
Kirkus (starred review)
For those unable to jet off to a Spanish island this summer, reading The Vacationers may be the next-best thing. Straub's gorgeously written novel follows the Post family . . . the island is brought to life irresistibly . . . the novel's joy and humor are infectious. Straub may be an heir to Laurie Colwin, crafting characters that are smart, addictively charming, delightfully misanthropic and fun. Franny waxes on the pleasures of "being alone in the kitchen," and her passion for her children, for her friend Charles, for food, love and travel, illuminates the narrative. "Being in a foreign country made even the smallest differences seem like art," Straub observes. When I turned the last page, I felt as I often do when a vacation is over: grateful for the trip and mourning its end.
New York Times