The Vacationers

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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.

Straub is telling in her observation, superb in her perception and awesome in her control of plot. She writes with a bleak, spare wit . . . of her wonderfully drawn characters . . . Brilliant
Daily Mail
Straub's novel is cast from the same mould as the likes of Liza Klaussmann's Tigers in Red Weather and Maggie Shipstead's Seating Arrangements . . . The Vacationers is a holiday read in every way with a gently witty narrative that slips down as easily as a beachside cocktail.
Independent
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

About Emma Straub

Emma Straub lives in New York City. She is the author of a short-story collection, Other People We Married. Her first novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, is published by Picador.

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