Family Vacation

“When people went on vacation, they shed their home skins, thought they could be a new person.”
                                        ― Aimee Friedman, Sea Change

What could be more blissfully relaxing than two weeks on the island of Mallorca? Unless you happen to be going with your family. And your husband is hiding a game-changing secret. And your son is a bit of a womanizer. And all the while you are just trying hold everything together and create the image of a “perfect” vacation. This is the set-up for Emma Straub’s The Vacationers. She takes an idyllic setting, throws in the Post family with all their troubles and idiosyncrasies and shakes them up.

Franny Post has a pretty good life in New York. She may have put on a couple of extra pounds over the years, but she’s a food writer and that’s to be expected. Her husband, Jim, was recently forced to resign from his position at Gallant magazine for reasons that throw a wrench into Franny’s world. Their daughter, Sylvia, is going away to college in the fall and her main goal for the summer is to lose her virginity and get it over with. Their son, Bobby, brings his girlfriend and it soon becomes clear that all’s not well between them. Franny’s best friend, Charles, has his work cut out keeping her sane, but in the process, neglects his husband, Lawrence, who is preoccupied with adopting a baby back home. Oh, and don’t forget to add a sexy Spanish teacher to the mix. The antics of the Post family will allow you to forget, for just a little while longer, that summer is almost over.

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