The Vacationers

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The Vacationers

By Emma Straub

Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594631573, 292pp.

Publication Date: May 29, 2014

"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.

About the Author
Emma Straub is from New York City. She is the author of "Laura Lamont s Life in Pictures "and "Other People We Married," and her fiction and nonfiction have been published in "Vogue," " Tin House," "The New York Times," and the "The Paris Review Daily." She is a staff writer for "Rookie." Straub lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn."

Saturday, May 31, 2014

With summer approaching, it's time to think about the season's great beach reads. Emma Straub has written a new novel, The Vacationers, that will get you in the mood. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the young author. More at

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