THE FLOATING FELDMANS is absolutely perfect for summer vacation whether you’ll be cruising or not. It will definitely have you laughing out loud, and it might even make you think….
Have any of you taken a family cruise? Well, our family did. We cruised for our oldest son’s 40th birthday. All aboard! It was nothing like the Feldmans, though. But I definitely understand the challenges of trying to get the entire family together. And I can totally see how a family cruise could get dicey.
Annette gathers her entire family together to celebrate her 70th birthday in style. She’s decided a cruise through the Caribbean islands is just the ticket. Sounds like a great time, right? Well, yes and no. Everyone is harboring something that no one else in the family is aware of. Some of this stuff is downright HUGE.
Annette is the only person in the family who knows that her husband David has cancer. Of course, this is far from good news.
Elise is Annette’s daughter. She’s got a shopping addiction and is in therapy. She’s gone through a wad of money that was put aside to cover the cost of her son’s college. And he’s about ready to attend or is he?
Elise’s husband, Mitch, has just quit his newspaper job. He’s got a plan for a new future. He’s not told his wife, yet. Boy is he in for a shock.
Then there’s Freddy. He’s Elise’s brother. The loser. Always in trouble. Well, now he’s a millionaire over and over again. All through his legal marijuana business. OMG!
Annette and David’s grandkids Darius and Rachel are also along on the trip albeit against their will. And they have their own set of teenage problems.
If you’ve cruised before you’ll quickly be swept up into the life aboard ship. If you’ve never cruised, beware, not all the stuff you’ll read about here will be true. Although, I will say, a lot of it is. Some of the cabins are small. Some ships have better food than others. And some shows are really good while others totally “suck.” Everyone has their own experiences of cruising to share.
All in all the festive mood prevails across the week the Feldmans are at sea. And food is everywhere in this book as it is onboard cruise ships. Food, activities, people…
Putting a number of family members in close proximity for any length of time can be iffy at best. If they already have issues that are percolating, then you want to beware. And that is exactly what is going on with the Floating Feldmans.
My review copy is from Berkley which is a division of Penguin Random House. How do I feel about THE FLOATING FELDMANS by Elyssa Friedland ? I’m adding it to my July summer reading list and I think you should too. This is what summer reading is all about. Cheers!