E–pub The Vacationers

The Vacationers

Emma Straub ß 9 summary

I do not know why I kept eading this book It s basically a book about a family on vacation in MallorcaSome of the members have cheated outside their The Witch who was a princess respectiveelationships at one time or another and all the esentmentsecrets finally come to light and not even in any exciting events They just talk about itThat s it On and on and on Mostly whiningNothing eally happens in this bookit s like attending one big boring family euni I guess I m going to miss saying god I hate this book every 10 minutes I can t stand it any I just ealized I have two chapters left and it hasn t stopped sucking once Throwing in the towel Well this was just an absolute delight I will admit that I was hesitant although I had high hopes I didn t love Emma s previous book Laura Lamont s Life in Pictures so I didn t expect to be Jeden výdych koňa reading her again any time soon But my own vacation snuck up on me and suddenly I was staring down three long flights and nine days at the beach with not a thing on my shelves that I was thrilled about A uick last minute dash to the Strand turned up a proof of this and here we are And my goodness what a perfect choice this turned out to be Reading a novel of a dysfunctional family vacation in the midst of my own semi functional family vacation Just brilliant synchronicity I m hesitant to do any synopsis izing since this is so far from publication still But here s a uickieundown of the book s characters which I ll hide behind a spoiler tag just to be safe view spoilerWe have Jim and Franny Post writers married several decades whose lives has just been Eleanor, Quiet No More rocked by theevelation of Jim s infidelity with a very young intern which also esulted in his being fired from the magazine he has worked at all his life Then there s their 18yo daughter Sylvie leaving for college in a few weeks whose only goal for the summer is to lose her virginity this plotline will of course dovetail with that of her gorgeous twenty something Mallorcan Spanish tutor Then virginity this plotline will of course dovetail with that of her gorgeous twenty something Mallorcan Spanish tutor Then have her older brother Bobby a eal estate agent who lives in Miami with his much older girlfriend Carmen whom the whole Post family hates Finally there s Franny s lifelong best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence who have been trying for years to adopt a baby Charles and Jim have never gotten along well to put it gently hide spoiler I confess to being utterly baffled by this book I m not What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game referring to the book itself which had a minimal plot that was very easy to follow I meferring to the critical Luftwaffe Fighters 1945 (Topcolors) reaction to The Vacationers It had glowingeviews and seemed to be on every summer Revenant reading list Aftereading it I can only shake my head in wonder and ask why Mass hallucination Bribery All the critics were friends of the writer I don t know what else would explain this book being anointed this summer s must Pumpkinflowers readThe writing was perfectly fine if nothing special but the story itself was so meh The plot was boring with the various storylines being mostly very well trod ground done better by other books Husband has cheated on wife who has kind of let herself go In turn she behaves like a shrew He feels bad and waits around to see if she ll forgive him Younger daughter is a surly virgin who hates everyone and thinks she ll be ugly forever Older son is a screw up living with an older woman he doesn t love so he cheats on her in order to end theelationshipThe book s only novel characters are Charles and Lawrence an older married gay couple who want to adopt a baby But they get the least amount of pages and even then the focus is on their having a kid That would be fine but its hardly explored nor is the idea of what marriage means to gay men how it affects them and their families how same sex marriage might change heterosexual marriage etc Those would be interesting topics to explore but instead Straub treats Charles like a heterosexual woman desperate to have a baby Yawn Carmen is also somewhat interesting but also gets short shrift I get that The Vacationers is about family dysfunction loving your family anyway etc but most of the characters are so unpleasant andor cliche and their stories so uninteresting that I didn t care what happened. 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 th. Thing when compared to most other books I ead but I Green Eyed Envy remember a certain television show which I still watch whenever presented the opportunity that was about nothing as well I m trying to figure out how this one even got on my TBR Did the Goodreads spam generator pop up put this on the feed awhile back I can t think of what else would have made me put my name on the library wait list aside from those subliminal messages Whatever theeason I somehow ended up with The Vacationers on the The A-List Diet Fitness Plan reason I somehow ended up with The Vacationers on first weekend where it was in the 60sather than during the summer when I probably should have The Amethyst Road read it due to the fact that I spend my free time ingesting baseball field dirtather than soaking up the sun at a place like Mallorca Even though the timing was off I somehow still enjoyed this book from looking at the 314 general GR The King's Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey rating I probablyead it wrong As I said nothing awesomely dramatic or monumental happens in this story but I still couldn t put it down What we have is the Post family s vacation Jim has been fired from his longtime magazine job for banging a co worker His wife Franny is left dealing with her feelings The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families regarding this betrayal and also nonefundable tickets Daughter Sylvia is counting down the minutes until she escapes to college especially since she s become a social pariah with her former friends due to a drunken make out session with nearly every boy in school Son Bobby has some financial woes he d like to discuss with the parents if the parents can stop judging his significantly older personal trainer girlfriend long enough to listen And poor Lawrence and Charles are trying to figure out if adopting a baby is the When I Grow Up, I'm Going to Play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers right thing to do when it seems dysfunction is inevitable at some point in timeSo there you have it A book that takes place over the course of two weeks that is simply a snapshot of the goings on during that time period This is most definitely not a book that will change your life and the characters are all pretty much unlikeable too If you know me that might explain why this worked for me when it failed for so many others shrug Sometimes Iead great Sextus: Ou, Le Romain Des Maremmes: Suivi D'Essais Detaches Sur L'Italie: Par M. Me Hortense Allart de Therase reviews of a book I justead and wonder if I Die Zarin read the same book I felt that way with The Interestings and today I feel the same about The Vacationers I liked it It was a nice airplaneead But it s not a YOU GUYS THIS BOOK book like some of the eviews Then again I paid for my own copyWe follow the middle aged upper middle class Jim and Franny Post their son Bobby and girlfriend Carmen their daughter Sylvia and Franny s best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence on a two week vacation to a
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in MallorcaAnd everyone s either eeling from A Big Thing that just happened or is on the precipice of A Big Thing that s about to happen Jim was fired from his longtime job for having an affair with an intern which threw Franny for a loop Sylvia hates her charmed charmed charmed life and is going to college in the fall Lawrence and Charles are on the shortlist to adopt a baby a change that Lawrence very much wants and Charles very much doesn t care about Those two were very Cyrus Beene and James Novak from Scandal to me Carmen wants a commitment and Bobby doesn t want to commit to anything EverThere are some Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll really fantastic scenes and Straub gives her characters opportunities to naturally divide into smaller sub groups and talk with each otherSPOILERSThe way the characters were written I didn t want Jim Franny Bobby OR Charles to get a happy ending Franny was unlikable from page one Yes you ve gained weight Yes youe middle aged Deal The way she and Charles acted together to the exclusion of their loved ones was unreal After all of their shared history it took Franny s interview with the tennis pro to make Jim want to stay married Is Bobby eally going to get to walk away from his financial troubles and his sub par life that he chose for himself And of COURSE Charles gets on board with the adoption They were all must plain mean to and about Carmen which turned me off to the family altogether I like happy endings but I d have been fine with a few of these characters having to lie in the bed that they made. 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 ivalries esurface and ancient wounds are exacerbat. ,