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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Patty Pick for 12/11/14 is "The Vacationers" by Emma Straub


"The Vacationers" by Emma Straub will have you in stitches half the 
time and hating some of these characters the other half. As the family 
and friends of Franny & Jim's head to Mallorca for a vacation, we get 
to see the outside and inside view of each character. I would have liked 
to know more of the background on this group of family and friends but 
the snapshot of their two weeks together is hilarious in spots.

Jim has recently lost his job due to an affair with a young staffer. 
He and Franny are not sure if their future will be together or separate.
Their son, Bobby, and his longtime girlfriend, Carmen, are trying to 
determine if they will have a relationship after the trip. 

You have to love Sylvia, their long-suffering daughter, who has just been 
dealt a humiliating blow via her best friend and social media. She is ready 
to leave the petty world of high school behind and start fresh at college. Her 
one goal is to lose her virginity first. 

As the family and their close friends, Charles & Lawrence, face infidelity, 
a breakup and the promise of a new baby, the story runs and walks through their
funny adventures. The vacationers will have you laughing and wondering how  
this is all going to turn out. You will enjoy this cute little book as a nice 
break from the real world. At least from my Southern world...