When I was 22, I thought that I deserved success just because I wanted it, and not because I’d actually earned it. If I had sold one of those books, I would have thought that the writing life was going to be an easy one, like living inside a bouncy castle, with no sharp edges anywhere. By the time I sold the book, I’d done a lot more living—I’d gone to graduate school to study writing more earnestly, moved in with my boyfriend, married my boyfriend, had a bunch of jobs, made new friends, moved out of New York and then back—and when it happened, it made sense. I had done all the work necessary to make it possible.
I read The Vacationers in a day, but that’s not a criticism. Emma Straub’s novel of Americans vacationing in Mallorca goes down smoothly by design, as if it were made to be read next to a pool on a warm afternoon. The two week vacation throws the future of the Post family into sharp relief; the plot revolves around whether or not Franny will forgive her husband Jim for a career-ending infidelity. Teenage daughter Sylvia, fleeing a social networking humiliation back home in New York, is preoccupied with her handsome Spanish tutor while older son Bobby arrives with a girlfriend and his own secrets. There are also friends, a gay couple hoping to adopt a baby, that seem to be in the novel to give the Posts someone else to talk to.
if I have a issue with The Vacationers it’s the point of view, which hops around between characters and prevents any one character from being judged too harshly. (There’s plenty of bad behavior in the book, including Franny’s superb slow-boil meltdown on a beach.) Straub’s message - life is a ride best experienced with family - is a conservative one, and taking us inside everyone’s head gives the novel a soft-focus at the edges that I’m not sure Straub intended. How can we hate these people when we’ve spent so much time with them? Still, Straub has a way of cutting away to pre-vacation scenes at just the right moments and Jim’s journey back into his marriage is for me the most moving part of The Vacationers. Above average popular fiction, 3.5 stars.
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