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"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)

“Set down on the idyllic island of Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea, the Posts confront that universal complaint of vacationing families everywhere: There is nothing to do but get on one another’s nerves. Still, that’s plenty of activity for Straub to spin one beguiling scene after another, exposing spots of annoyance slathered with sunscreen. Much of the comedy springs from the tension between being required to have the best time in the world and wanting to stab someone with an ice pick. . . . In these pages — so funny, so wise and, yes, even so sweet — she’s created the best feel-good story of the summer.”—The Washington Post

“Emma Straub puts the fun back in dysfunction.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Those who love novels featuring sly humor, sun-drenched islands, and family drama will fall fast and hard for this one. A nearly perfect read, beach or otherwise.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“There’s nothing more addictive than a darkly funny dysfunctional domestic drama. Straub’s novel–set during a fraught family vacation in Mallorca–is pretty much the perfect beach read."—Entertainment Weekly

“For those unable to jet off to a Spanish island this summer, reading The Vacationers may be the next-best thing. . . . [A] gorgeously written novel  . . . 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.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A psychologically astute comic novel. . . . Picturesque and filled with the solvable problems of the privileged, this is the kind of novel Franny or Sylvia might take on a trip to read poolside. It’s good company.”—The Boston Globe

"Emma Straub’s bustling new novel is about a New York family’s two-week idyll in a house on the Spanish island of Mallorca. It’s also about a different kind of break: infidelity. . . . The story’s women are so well drawn that they seem instantly familiar. . . . Witty."—The New York Times

"The Vacationers takes readers on an affecting, funny ride.”—The Miami Herald

"Straub has a knack, reminiscent of Lorrie Moore, for writing beautiful prose about ordinary situations. . . . The Vacationers really is perfect summer reading: a beautifully written story that’s neither too depressing nor too charming.”—AV Club

“[A] warm, witty story"—Good Housekeeping

“Too compelling to leave your chaise lounge!”—In Style

“Full of Warmth and Wisdom . . . a frothy beach read.”—NPR

“Irresistible novel about simmering family tensions.”—Town and Country

“Funny, poignant, and beautifully observed.”—Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You, via Twitter

“I would read anything Emma Straub writes. She’s a natural talent and a gorgeous and witty storyteller, who makes each sentence look not only easy, but perfectly real. I came to care so deeply about every single character in this great novel that I found myself unable to go to sleep at night until I was certain they had all landed safely. And they will linger with me, this richly imagined family, long into the future.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
“Witty, big-hearted, and packed with wisdom, this novel is a breezy read that sneaks in its emotional wallops and leaves you smiling for days.”—Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette
“Charming and absorbing, this is a novel that demands to be read in long, satisfying gulps.”—Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements

"The Vacationers is a beautifully told story that walks the tightrope of family angst and connection with hilarity and truth. Get ready for the Post family drama, where the near empty nest collides with the dreams of the new generation. Emma Straub's writing is deft, clear and wise in ways that will surprise and delight you. It's a beyond the beach read. It's Ms. Straub at her dazzling best."—Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife

“Expertly observed…offers such psychologically astute portrayals of the characters that it is hard not to feel fondly towards even their least appealing quirks. It’s a delightful, breezy read in every way but one—it’s a vacation that’s hard to leave behind.”—Elle 

“Did Emma Straub just get a little John Cheever-esque with her latest novel? Take the WASPy family on vacation, with all their little underlying issues coming to the surface, combined with Straub’s witty and colorful writing, and The Vacationers is the type of book just about anybody can read and enjoy. We guarantee this will be on every single list of summer beach reads come next month. Just you watch.”—Flavorwire

“Funny and tender . . . the perfect lighthearted beach read.”—Pop Sugar 

“In The Vacationers, Emma Straub, a master observer of human emotion, once again dazzles her readers with this richly imagined travelogue, a fun, witty story about family relationships—their evolution and strength. With its lush, scenic setting and its exciting cast of characters, The Vacationers is certain to be your newest beach accessory.”—Bustle 

“Few writers can infuse a sentence with as much wit as Straub can. . . . A near-perfect high-brow summer novel.”—Grantland  

“Emma Straub's second novel is funny and yet also surprisingly substantial.”—Christian Science Monitor 

“Sharply observed and funny, Straub’s domestic-drama-goes-abroad is a delightful study of the complexities of family and love, and the many distractions from both.”—Booklist (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 Reviews (starred review)

“The pacing is quick but satisfying and the characters themselves feel genuinely complex, interesting, and knowledgeable. . . . A pleasant, readable journey.”—Publishers Weekly

“Straub’s characters are suffused with humor and humanity, their relationships every bit as fragile and flawed–but also resilient–as we know to be true of real life…This novel is an utter delight and the perfect read for a sunny afternoon. It rings with truth and shines with the confidence of a writer hitting her stride.”—BookRiot 

“Straub has created long lost friends through whom she explores the ways in which love cuts us and prompts us to grow throughout our lives.”—Bloggers Recommend 


'Emma Straub's The Vacationers leaves you smiling for days' Maria Semple, author of Orange prize-shortlisted Where'd You Go, Bernadette?


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 651 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 305 Seiten
  • Verlag: Picador; Auflage: Main market ed (5. Juni 2014)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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Story too thin, too easily resolved, The beginning was promising but it petered out pretty quickly. Nothing new here. Meh.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My first beach read of 2014 8. März 2014
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It is hard to distinguish yourself as an author in the dysfunctional family arena. Authors have already taken me to a shiva, summer houses, weddings and funerals. This time a two week vacation in Mallorca, Spain becomes the backdrop, as we follow the ups and downs of the Post family and friends.

From the beginning, no one is particularly thrilled about this sojourn. Initially booked as a 35th wedding anniversary present, the Post marriage is now in flux. 60 year old Jim has recently been forced to resign as the editor of a New York Magazine for his dalliance with a 23 year old intern. His wife Fanny is a writer "going around the world and writing about what she ate" is deciding what her next course of action might be. Sylvia, their 18 year old daughter, is ready to begin Brown University in the fall and wants to lose her virginity. She is disheartened to see the fighting among her parents and has recently gone through her own angst due to her girl /boyfriend's duplicitous actions. 28 year old Bobby is a realtor and lives in Florida. He is a casualty of the real-estate bubble. He has been living with his girlfriend Carmen, who is 10 years older, for seven years without making a commitment. Carmen is an instructor at the Total Body Power and feels like an outsider, everything she does in order to please her boyfriend's family "never seemed to be right". Charles is Fanny's best friend and he and husband Lawrence have been trying to adopt a baby to complete their family.

Author Emma Straub appears to make all the right decisions. Instead of using alternating chapters with a lot of back-story, she jumps from character to character, as the book starts on Day One of the vacation and ends on Day Fourteen. This keeps the pace flowing as you are never bogged down with a story-line that is wearisome. Mallorca, in all its beauty, lends to the atmosphere that cries out "beach read".

This is a book filled with knowable characters whose relationships authentically capture the discord that is sometimes part of family life. While it must be challenging to come up with a new spin on dysfunctional families, these characters were well drawn and likeable and some of the observations in the book were spot on. Many of the characters do grow and learn from their mistakes and while the ending may be predictable, there is nothing wrong with a feel good conclusion. It you indulge in this genre of book, it is recommended.

"Friendships were tricky things, especially friendships as old as theirs was. Nudity was nothing more than a collection of hard-earned scars and marks. Love was a given, uncomplicated by sex or vows, but honesty was always waiting there, ready to capsize the steady boat".

4-1/2 stars rounded to 5.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect Beach Read 3. Juli 2014
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Just finished this book and logged on to write a short review while it was fresh in my mind. I was shocked to see so many negative one and two star ratings. I will admit that The Vacationers is not great literature or in danger of winning a Pulitzer, but it's a perfectly good little novel and quite entertaining. I thought the characters were well defined and of varied enough interests to keep me guessing where it would go next. This was a group situation of family/friends spending two weeks together, albeit in paradise, still in a confined setting. We all know the little nuances, annoyances, and petty upsets that can arise in such circumstances, and I thought the author did a good job of conveying the emotions that each character experienced. I definitely came away with a feeling of the love/hate relationship which exists in all families, and in the end felt I knew the Post clan pretty well. The ultimate outcome was more or less what I expected but not what I would call predictable. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it for anyone who wants a light, easy read, a little literary getaway so to speak. If you're taking a holiday to the beach this summer, this is the perfect book to pack.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing 13. Juni 2014
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This book started out with potential, but went nowhere. The characters were poorly developed and I found myself not caring about them at all. The "climax" was so anticlimactic and completely predictable in every aspect. Additionally, this book was set in place that the author didn't bother to describe at all.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Go for a walk instead ! 8. November 2014
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The usually predictably disfunctional American family goes on holidays on the Mediterranean Sea. Nobody cares for each other and nobody cares (including the author) to make any connections with the history and culture of the beautiful country they are visiting. Everybody is too busy with their own very little and very miserable selves. The women are over sensitive, over assertive or aimlessly searching for themselves, the guys are insecure morons &/or ego centered cheats, with the exception of a gay couple of guys who are so honey sweet and nurturing that they would make the perfect darlings of this story, had the author remembered to make them somewhat real. It is the type of book that you would gladly leave on the shelf of the Bed & Breakfast's library where you found it. It will motivate the next guests to go out for a walk, even if it's raining.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "The Posts were masters of self-delusion, all of them." 26. April 2014
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Meet the Post family and their entourage as they all descend on Mallorca for a two week vacation. They have rented a house that they think is 'large enough' to hold their secrets and dysfunctions. However, nothing remains secret for very long.

The Post family is at time of transition. Franny and Jim have been married for thirty-five years and it is quite possible that they will get divorced. Jim has had an affair with a very young woman at his work-place, someone only a few years older than his daughter. Not only has he lost his job as the editor of Gallant magazine because of his indiscretion, but he might also lose his wife who he still loves very much. He is floundering and not ready for this imposed early retirement at sixty years old. Franny, who writes about food for a living, finds it almost impossible to be around Jim since his affair. Forgiving him seems to be out of the question.

Sylvia Post is eighteen years old and headed to Brown University in the fall. She wants to reinvent herself in college and is sick of everyone who has known her in school since she was a child. One of her pressing goals is to lose her virginity. This is a big task for a young woman who has been kissed only six times since she was twelve. She is worried about her parents' relationship as she has overheard their arguments at home.

Bobby Post is twenty-eight and living in Miami with Carmen, a woman more than a decade older than him who his family does not like. Bobby's job selling real estate went under because of the crash in the Florida real estate market. He works as an assistant trainer at the health club where he met Carmen, also a trainer. Bobby invested all his money in an Amway-like distribution scheme to sell whey products to work-out fanatics. He is now in huge debt and Carmen wants him to ask his parents to bail him out. Carmen is not sure where she stands with Bobby and their relationship feels like it is at a standstill.

Charles is Franny's best friend. He and his husband, Lawrence, accompany the Posts on this vacation. Charles is an artist and Lawrence works for the film industry as an accountant. They may be adopting a baby but are holding this information close to their chests. They have been trying to adopt for a long time and just before the vacation, the social worker at the adoption center told them that they were being seriously considered as parents for the new-born 'Alphonse'.

Into this mixture of people comes Joan (pronounced Johann), a gorgeous looking Mallorcan who is hired to be Sylvia's Spanish tutor for the two weeks that they will be on vacation. Sylvia has her sights set on seducing Joan but does not know the first thing about being a seductress.

The novel is told from different characters' vantage points. The person who stood out the most for me was Sylvia. She seemed very much alive and real. Some of the other characters felt a bit flat and not fleshed out. I think this is a good book to bring on an airplane or to the beach. It is a page-turner and an easy read.
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