Last Summer at the Golden Hotel (Paperback)

By Elyssa Friedland

Berkley, 9780593199725, 368pp.

Publication Date: May 18, 2021

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A family reunion for the ages when two clans convene for the summer at their beloved getaway in the Catskills—perfect for fans of Dirty Dancing and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—from the acclaimed author of The Floating Feldmans.

In its heyday, The Golden Hotel was the crown jewel of the hotter-than-hot Catskills vacation scene. For more than sixty years, the Goldman and Weingold families – best friends and business partners – have presided over this glamorous resort which served as a second home for well-heeled guests and celebrities. But the Catskills are not what they used to be – and neither is the relationship between the Goldmans and the Weingolds. As the facilities and management begin to fall apart, a tempting offer to sell forces the two families together again to make a heart-wrenching decision. Can they save their beloved Golden or is it too late?

Long-buried secrets emerge, new dramas and financial scandal erupt, and everyone from the traditional grandparents to the millennial grandchildren wants a say in the hotel’s future. Business and pleasure clash in this fast-paced, hilarious, nostalgia-filled story, where the hotel owners rediscover the magic of a bygone era of nonstop fun even as they grapple with what may be their last resort.

About the Author

Elyssa Friedland is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School and lives with her husband and three children in New York City. Last Summer at the Golden Hotel is her fourth novel.

Praise For Last Summer at the Golden Hotel

"When Annette Feldman decides to celebrate her 70th birthday with a family cruise, drama--and hilarity--ensue."--People, on The Floating Feldmans

"Family reunions can rock the boat. This one does it on a cruise ship. When the Feldmans hit the high seas for their matriarch's 70th, a lot of drama and laughs come out in tight quarters. Think: This is Where I Leave You meets The Family Stone."--The Skimm, on The Floating Feldmans

"The Floating Feldmans is a story about an estranged family's wild vacation. This book is so dramatic, that it might actually make your fam feel normal...even if you're losing your mind on day five of your own trip."--Cosmopolitan, on The Floating Feldmans

"The Floating Feldmans is a hilarious romp on the sea that is perfect for your poolside reading this summer!"--Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of I'll Never Tell and Spin, on The Floating Feldmans

"Friedland uses multiple perspectives, witty dialogue, and complex characters that are incredibly relatable to deliver a funny, astute look at the family dynamic and the relationships shared within."--Booklist, on The Floating Feldmans

"The Floating Feldmans is a fast, funny, surprisingly heartwarming ride on the high seas."--Shelf Awareness, on The Floating Feldmans

"Friedland creates vivid characters with distinct voices, from the outwardly critical matriarch to the insecure teenager. A fun look at family drama on the open seas."--Kirkus, on The Floating Feldmans

"Uproariously funny, yet heartfelt and true, The Floating Feldmans will have each reader seeing her own family fun and foibles in the choppy waters, laughing and crying at the same time to the very last wonderful page."--Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris, on The Floating Feldmans

"An intelligent, insightful, touching novel about the secrets we keep and the family that loves us anyway."--Abbi Waxman, author of I Was Told it Would Get Easier, on The Floating Feldmans

"Elyssa Friedland's premise is perfect. Take three generations of an estranged family, put them on a boat--a forced cruise to celebrate the matriarch's 70th birthday--and let the dysfunction fly. A pleasure to read."--Laurie Gelman, author of Class Mom, on The Floating Feldmans

"Such a smart, honest look at the modern American family. Elyssa Friedland has written a book that feels both up-to-the-minute contemporary and, somehow, absolutely timeless."--Matthew Norman, author of We're All Damaged and Domestic Violets, on The Floating Feldmans

"All aboard! The Floating Feldmans is for everyone whose ever thought their family is absolutely crazy ... but loves them anyway. Sibling rivalries and skeletons in the closet all come to a head in this fun, quirky family saga."--Georgia Clark, author of The Bucket List, on The Floating Feldmans

"The Floating Feldmans was a blast; funny, moving, and immensely readable. Friedland's all-you-can-eat buffet of quirky characters walk right off the page and into your heart."--Jonathan Evison, author of This is Your Life Harriet Chance!, on The Floating Feldmans

"Take a big dysfunctional family, reunite them for the first time in 10 years on a Caribbean cruise ship they can't escape, and add endless buffets, blindfolded pie-eating contests, and impromptu conga lines on the sundeck. What could possibly go wrong? Both cruising fans and skeptics alike will get a laugh out of this story of a family trying to stay afloat."--National Geographic, on The Floating Feldmans

"Friedland's well-executed and smartly structured novel features chapters from each character's point of view. The simple but clever premise lets the author explore the complicated tensions of family relationships in a compressed and directed way...there is dry humor and a certain sweetness as well."--Library Journal, on The Floating Feldmans