Mash Notes Are Fun

I'm delighted that Mashable has chosen The Vacationers as their book club pick. Visit Mashable for alllll the gory details, but here are the basics:

To get you started, we're giving away five copies of The Vacationers. All you need to do to enter is tell us your favorite vacation read of all time. You can tweet using the hashtag#MashReads or leave a comment on this post or our Facebook page. Tell us your favorite read before 12:00 a.m. ET on July 3, 2014. For official contest rules, visit this page.

How to Join the MashableReads Social Book Club

If you'd like to join the MashableReads book club and read The Vacationers with us, find us on Goodreads and Facebook. We'll also be hosting a Google+ hangout with Straub on Tuesday, August 5 at 4 p.m. ET. You can sign up to be reminded of the hangout here.

Are you in New York City? Join our Meetup group for the chance to meet MashableReads authors in person. Interested in starting your own Meetup in your community? Message us on Facebook. MashableReads book clubs get exclusive access to new authors.

Good News Travels Fast (Or, The Bestseller List)

Yesterday, I did some time traveling. Around 4 in the afternoon, I saw Janet Maslin's review of my book in the New York Times, a full day before it appeared in the actual paper. Then, just before 6, my agent called to tell me that the book had hit the New York Times Bestseller list, coming in at #18 in hardcover, #15 in e-book, and #19 combined. (The NYT must be as bad at math as I am, if #18 + #15 = #19.) All of this will be in next Sunday's paper. I truly won't believe it until I see it, but until then, I'm going to tell everyone, because then we can all live in this fantasy land together for a few days. Nobody pinch me. I love you. 


Happy Pub Day to Me!

Today is the day! The Vacationers is on sale at bookstores near you, at bookstores far away from you, at bookstores everywhere! I am beyond excited. There's an excerpt up on Medium, with the most wonderful illustrations. Check it out here!

There have been tons of great reviews, and here are a smattering:

Janet Maslin called the book "one of the summer's most entertaining novels" in the New York Times! I was on Entertainment Weekly's Must List! People Magazine said so many nice things I can't pick a favorite line, and so here's a picture of the whole thing!


There have also been a few really good interviews! Here's one at Bustle! And another at the Hairpin!

The book tour starts up next week, and you can find all the details on the Events page. My launch party is at BookCourt (Brooklyn, NY) on June 3rd. Please come! I'd love to see you. Yes, you. 






Lists! Lists! Lists!

The Vacationers comes out in 25 days, and it's starting to pop up on lots of summer reading lists. The Harper's Bazaar list has the fanciest graphics and the most glam company (see Dita Von Teese's Vivienne Westwood wedding dress, above), but I love all of these lists equally. 

Want the book as soon as it comes out? Pre-order! If you pre-order through my friends at WORD, I'll even sign it for you. 


Harpers Bazaar Hot List





Book Riot

Party with The Vacationers!

Woo hoo! The pub date is nearing, and with it, parties! I just set up the event page for my launch party at BookCourt, and if you live in NYC, please consider yourself very cordially invited! Also, just because, a giant box of Vacationers sunglasses (pictured below) arrived in the mail today. The first hundred or so people to buy the book at BookCourt will get a pair. Reason enough, no?


OMG All The Books Giveaway

I know a shocking number of writers with books coming out very soon, and many of them are joining me in this massive book giveaway. 

It's easy to enter, and you could win signed copies of ALL the books mentioned above. You might have to buy a new bookshelf! So, for my part of the giveaway, you're supposed to list some favorite vacation spots, and here are mine, in no particular order: Montauk, Palm Springs, the Oregon coast, Maine, a hammock, a swimming pool. That's really all I need. xoxoxo

Crack Open the Rioja! Another Starred Review


It's so nice when people are nice. Here's another lovely starred review, this time from the folks at Booklist. I raise a glass of Rioja to you, my friends!

[STARRED] The Vacationers.

Straub, Emma (Author)

May 2014. 304 p. Riverhead, hardcover, $26.95. (9781594631573).


Straub’s second novel (Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, 2012) is contained in the two-week vacation of the extended Post family: Franny and Jim, married over 30 years; their teen daughter, Sylvia; twentysomething son Bobby, his girlfriend, Carmen, in tow; and Franny’s best friend, Charles, and his husband, Lawrence. Trading one grand island for another, the mainly Manhattanites arrive in Mallorca with, of course, a few secrets tucked in their literal baggage—and so begin the games that occur above the plane of the Scrabble board. Jim has suddenly left his beloved magazine job, and not everyone knows the circumstances; Sylvia’s excitement to get to Brown might have more to do with leaving home; Carmen wishes Bobby would ask his parents for that favor already; and it’s more than work emails keeping Lawrence searching for a WiFi signal. Straub masters a constantly changing flow of perspectives as readers wonder who will forgive and be forgiven in this sun-soaked, remote paradise. Spongy and dear, sharply observed and funny, Straub’s domestic-drama-goes-abroad is a delightful study of the complexities of family and love, and the many distractions from both.

— Annie Bostrom

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!

Last night, I got to interview Lorrie at Symphony Space, which was a total delight. Here's what we looked like. 

Someone in the audience asked Lorrie about the second person, and I said that I'd just written my first story using it--as a matter of fact, it's my Twitter Fiction story, which I'll start posting today! Half goes up from 11am-12pm EST today, and half goes up tomorrow night from 9pm-10pm EST. Riverhead designed me a cute little box that says so, as you can see below. 

As Lorrie said, the second person is addictive, and so who knows, maybe I'll write a hundred more. One at a time. 

Hope you tune in! And thank you thank you to Symphony Space for letting me sit next to Lorrie, forcing her to publicly acknowledge that I'm not her stalker. I mean, I'm not REALLY her stalker. Only a little bit. The nice kind. 


Instagram Giveaway

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I bet you thought that the lovelies at Riverhead were done giving away packages of Vacationers-themed stuff! Not so! March brings a whole new bucket of goodies, this time on Instagram. A Vacationers beach towel, fancy sunscreen that I once bought for $35 at a hotel in Miami (your very own can, not my used one), some Essie nail polish, some Nars lipstick, a pouf, and yes, a book. 

To enter, tag a vacation photo with #thevacationers and @riverheadbooks. Fun! There is no reason not to try, unless you work at Penguin or are my mother, in which case, I'm sorry, you can't win. But if you're really nice I'll buy you a tube of lipstick anyway. Especially if you're my mother. 

If you want to see my goofy pics on Instagram, they are found @emmastraub. 



Kirkus Gives Me a Star!


Kirkus reviewed The Vacationers, and they liked it so much they gave me a little star. I've always wanted a star. Thank you, Kirkus!

Straub refreshes a conventional plot through droll humor and depth of character.

By now, the premise is so familiar it seems like such a novel could write itself, but it wouldn’t write itself nearly as engagingly as Straub has (Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, 2012, etc.). Starting with the somewhat generic title, she has all the predictable elements in place: family and close friends gathering at an exotic remove from their daily lives, reveal secrets (and articulate unacknowledged truths), learn how well they know each other and how well they don’t, discover which relationships will endure—even strengthen—and which will dissolve. At the end of the idyll—in this case two weeks on the Spanish island of Mallorca—all will return transformed. The reason for this group gathering is the 35th anniversary of Jim and Franny and the high school graduation of their daughter, Sylvia. Franny is a successful journalist, specializing in travel pieces, and Jim had a career at a GQ-style magazine until he lost his job as editor for reasons that threaten their marriage. Sylvia is the novel’s most perceptive character, with a single goal for the vacation—losing her virginity. Joining them are their older son, Bobby, and his older girlfriend, whose lives in Florida are somewhat of a mystery to the New York family, as well as Franny’s lifelong friend Charles and his husband, Lawrence. From the periphery, Lawrence observes that “[o]ther people’s families were as mysterious as an alien species, full of secret codes and shared histories.” Yet even those who share that history remain enigmas to each other, as Franny discovers about Jim: “What did anyone know about anyone else, including the person they were married to?” Ultimately, the reader will savor the novel’s illumination of these characters, who are neither good nor evil but all too human. Will Jim and Franny stay together? Will Sylvia achieve her goal?

A novel that is both a lot of fun to read and has plenty of insight into the marital bond and the human condition.