The Vacationers An Interesting Book Filled With Great Character Development
Every summer, people typically start looking for a great summer read. This past week, I got the opportunity to read Emma Straub’s “The Vacationers.” The book was an interesting read, full of great character development.
The basic premise of “The Vacationers” is that a family is getting ready to take a two week trip to Mallorca, Spain. While this may not sound like the most exciting premise for a novel, consider the following:
– Patriarch Jim has recently lost his high profile position at a major magazine for having an inter-office affair. He cheated on matriarch Franny, who is less than forgiving.
– Daughter Sylvia has recently made some bad choices at a high school graduation party that got posted on Facebook. She is trying to put those in the past and also has the goal of losing her virginity.
– Brother Bobby lives in Florida with girlfriend Carmen, who is significantly older than him and not well received by his family. While he puts up a good front, he has recently made some bad business choices and is in significant debt.
– Franny’s best friend, Charles, rounds out the vacationing crew with his husband, Lawrence, who badly wants a baby even though Charles is less than thrilled with the idea.
As you can imagine, what ensues over these two weeks includes a lot of self exploration for each character, a good deal of catharsis, and definite drama/conflict.
The book was definitely captivating, but the thing I liked most about it was that it seemed to be an interesting exercise in character development. As a reader, you could tell how carefully Straub had considered each character, and by the end of the book you felt like you knew them.
If you are looking for a good summer read, definitely check out this New York Times bestseller.
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