Here’s a tip to those heading on vacation this summer, pick up a copy of The Vacationers by Emma Straub to read while you’re on holiday. The cover and the title were enough to convince me that this would be the perfect book to kick off my 10 day holiday to Nova Scotia. While I’m fairly positive that the characters in this book would love a visit to the beautiful East Coast of Canada, their vacation took them to a very different location. A family of four (two parents, two grown children) from Manhattan, NY pack up and head to Mallorca, an island in the Mediterranean Sea for two weeks. What they hope will be an escape from reality, turns into a vacation full of truth bombs.
Franny and Jim are celebrating their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, but both are carrying a deep, dark secret. Their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school, but hasn’t had many experiences to date and is determined to create some on this trip. Their son, Bobby, lives in Miami selling real estate and lives with his much older girlfriend that no one really likes. They’re also traveling with family friends who are biting their nails waiting to hear if they’ll be approved to adopt a child. So as you can see, they are with some physical and metaphorical baggage.
This book is literally the definition of a beach read. I know at this time of year, the term “beach read” gets tossed around a lot, but you really will want to read this fun, light read while sitting on the beach or while you vacation at your childhood home (case in point). In full disclosure, you will be left with some unanswered questions, but you’re going to be able to create your own conclusions as to what you think happens. It’s an enjoyable, quick read that will have you handing it off to one of your friends to read, hopefully with sand on the pages.
What are some of the books you plan on reading on the beach this summer?