The Va­ca­tion­ers

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by Emma Straub (2014) Straub’s sec­ond stab at fic­tion has book­ish tongues wag­ging in praise for her por­trait of the dys­func­tional Post fam­ily (Franny, Jim and son Bobby and daugh­ter Sylvia) on a fort­night get­away from New York to balmy Ma­jorca. The is­land is not the balm they needed to re­pair their cracked re­la­tion­ships and be­comes the fi­nal straw that breaks them. Laced with wry, hu­mor­ous ob­ser­va­tions, this breezy lit­er­ary read is drenched with the siz­zling Span­ish sun. It’s a mix of lan­guorous am­bi­ence and the jumpy en­ergy of the clev­erly crafted char­ac­ters as we join them on this fam­ily hol­i­day on cerulean Mediter­ranean shores.

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