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.
“Delicious . . . richly riveting.” —People (four stars)
“[Emma Straub has] created the best feel-good story of the summer.” —The Washington Post
“A nearly perfect read, beach or otherwise.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Gorgeously written novel .” —The New York Times Book Review
There’s nothing as delectable as a country house novel–family and friends all trapped together, sharing bathrooms and unfamiliar kitchens, going up and down the stairs. When I was writing The Vacationers, that was what I wanted to achieve–a book in which the reader felt wonderfully captive along with the characters. Things go wrong, of course, because they always do. I hope you take my Vacationers on your vacation this summer, and that you find it as summery and delicious as some fresh guacamole, or, even more apropos, a very large glass of Spanish wine.