The Floating Feldmans
Sink or swimToo bad her kids didn’t get the memo. Between the troublesome family secrets, old sibling rivalries, and her two teenage grandkids, Annette’s birthday vacation is looking more and more like the perfect storm. Adrift together on the open seas, the Feldmans will each face the truths they’ve been ignoring–and learn that the people they once thought most likely to sink them are actually the ones who help them stay afloat.

The Floating Feldmans Details

TitleThe Floating Feldmans
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139780399586897
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Humor

The Floating Feldmans Review

  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful women’s fiction novel. Often funny, other times poignant, the book is told from multiple points of view. So, we see the grandmother, Annette, dealing with her grown children that she feels distant from. She remembers all she did for them when they were children up through college. The son, Freddy, remembers how he was never good enough compared to his perfect sister. The daughter, Elise, remembers how her mother endlessly gives her beauty tips that make her feel belittled. Th This is a wonderful women’s fiction novel. Often funny, other times poignant, the book is told from multiple points of view. So, we see the grandmother, Annette, dealing with her grown children that she feels distant from. She remembers all she did for them when they were children up through college. The son, Freddy, remembers how he was never good enough compared to his perfect sister. The daughter, Elise, remembers how her mother endlessly gives her beauty tips that make her feel belittled. Then there are Elise’s husband and two children and their secrets.All of them have their own secrets, which we, the readers, quickly become privy to, but because the family won’t tell each other what’s actually going on in their lives, we can just wait for this combustible situation to explode when they all meet aboard a cruise to celebrate Annette’s 70th birthday. I chuckled. I teared up. I identified with the challenges of being in a family and not always saying what’s on our minds, including apologizing and thanking one another. Recommend. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkely for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES JULY 23, 2019. For more reviews, please visit http://www.theresaaalan.net/blog
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Elyssa Friedland has constructed a clever and compelling story. An evocative family drama filled with tension, secrets and a splash of humor. The setting of the cruise ship added even more to the claustrophobic feel of the story. Imagine three generations of a dysfunctional family confined to a cruise ship. Meet the Feldmans.... Annette thought it would be a good idea to bring the family together for her 70th birthday. Her two children, their significant others, and her grandchildren. Sounds lik Elyssa Friedland has constructed a clever and compelling story. An evocative family drama filled with tension, secrets and a splash of humor. The setting of the cruise ship added even more to the claustrophobic feel of the story. Imagine three generations of a dysfunctional family confined to a cruise ship. Meet the Feldmans.... Annette thought it would be a good idea to bring the family together for her 70th birthday. Her two children, their significant others, and her grandchildren. Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? This was such an engaging story, that kept my amateur therapist invested throughout. We got The point of view of all the characters and this made us privy to a lot of secrets. Some characters I connected with more than others and some characters I liked more than others. I thought the dynamics between the siblings, and parents and children were spot on. I am part of that sandwich generation, both my parents and my children are getting older. As time consuming and challenging as it is to parent little kids, it is so much trickier when they become adults. I kept waiting for everything to hit the fan in this book, and when it did oh boy! All I’m going to say is Baked Alaska! This was such a relatable story infused with heart and humor. The perfect book to add to your summer reading list! 🛳*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis was a pretty enjoyable read about family members who all seem to be hiding some sort of secret from one another. I do think it was a clever idea by the author to have most of the story take place on a cruise ship as it led to some interesting situations. Annette Feldman decides she wants to do something special for her 70th birthday so she organizes a vacation on a cruise ship for her family. So Annette, her husband, her daughter, her son-in-law, two grandkids, her son and his girl 3.5 starsThis was a pretty enjoyable read about family members who all seem to be hiding some sort of secret from one another. I do think it was a clever idea by the author to have most of the story take place on a cruise ship as it led to some interesting situations. Annette Feldman decides she wants to do something special for her 70th birthday so she organizes a vacation on a cruise ship for her family. So Annette, her husband, her daughter, her son-in-law, two grandkids, her son and his girlfriend all climb aboard the ship, some more excited than others. Hmm, complicated family dynamics playing out in a confined space for a week. I'm sure nothing could go wrong. *wink, wink.The story follows the different family members so you do get an opportunity to see things from each person's perspective. I can't say I liked each person but at least there was nobody I outright hated which was a problem I had when reading the author's book, The Intermission. Now I wouldn't say this is the most memorable book I have read exploring family dynamics but it was decent. Each person has their own issue they are dealing with but for the most part it is a light and easy read.Thank you to the First to Read program for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, rounded downAnnette Feldman has the bright idea to celebrate her 70th birthday on a 4 day Caribbean cruise surrounded by her family. This is not one of those close knit, lovey dovey families. No, her two children seem to resent each other and neither is particularly close to their parents. They have trouble spending a few hours together let alone days in each other’s company. Add in a few secrets, such as a shopping addiction and a very young girlfriend, and as the book blurb says, yo 3.5 stars, rounded downAnnette Feldman has the bright idea to celebrate her 70th birthday on a 4 day Caribbean cruise surrounded by her family. This is not one of those close knit, lovey dovey families. No, her two children seem to resent each other and neither is particularly close to their parents. They have trouble spending a few hours together let alone days in each other’s company. Add in a few secrets, such as a shopping addiction and a very young girlfriend, and as the book blurb says, you’ve got the perfect storm. The question, dear reader, is what you are expecting from this book. If you’re in the market for a family drama with glimpses of humor, read on. If you are expecting humor, along the lines of Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You, look elsewhere. The book switches from one POV to another, giving us insights that the rest of the family don’t have. Friedland nails the sibling rivalries and the parental anguish. I found myself feeling sorry for the characters yet unable to relate to them. Elise, in particular, just seemed pathetic and whiny. I would have jumped ship if I was stuck dealing with her. And Julian, the cruise director, seemed entirely unnecessary as a character. Large portions of the book struck me as dry. Friedland’s humor shines through best when describing the cruise itself. The cruise seemed like one of the circles of hell and reminded me why you’ll never catch me on one. When things finally reach a crisis, I finally felt a connection with the characters. As Elise says, “I feel like I speak family as a second language.” My thanks to netgalley and Berkley for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    I initially started The Floating Feldmans while sitting poolside at home then, as much as I was enjoying it, had an epiphany and thought, "Wait! I need to take this with me on my family cruise (dad, stepmom, hubby, two sons, and daughter) and read it" because what could be more perfect than that, right? It turns out that I have some really great ideas at times because reading this family drama set on a cruise ship while sailing the high seas was fantastic fun!Annette Feldman is celebrating a mil I initially started The Floating Feldmans while sitting poolside at home then, as much as I was enjoying it, had an epiphany and thought, "Wait! I need to take this with me on my family cruise (dad, stepmom, hubby, two sons, and daughter) and read it" because what could be more perfect than that, right? It turns out that I have some really great ideas at times because reading this family drama set on a cruise ship while sailing the high seas was fantastic fun!Annette Feldman is celebrating a milestone birthday: she's turning seventy and to celebrate the momentous day, she plans a family cruise for herself, her husband, daughter and her husband, her son and his much younger girlfriend, and two grandkids. This is a family with a very complicated dynamic even before they're thrown together on a cruise, a fact you immediately glean in the first couple of chapters. Deep secrets and a lack of communication are at the core of their relationships and it's apparent that the Feldmans really know nothing about each other. With that in mind, what could possibly go wrong among all of them when they're stuck together in a relatively small, crowded place for 5 days? Speaking from someone who just disembarked from a cruise, anything can and will happen, and I don't have any big secrets from my family!Elyssa Friedland tells the story through each of the vivid characters in the book, so you get to know all of them as they tell their story. There is Elise, Annette's daughter, who has a serious secret that will adversely affect her husband and son (when they find out), yet she has no idea her husband has his own secret. Freddy, the son, has always been thought of just a stoner with no prospects, yet his secret will shock his family! Another big secret is the one being held by David, Annette's husband...and then there are the grandkids!Friedland did such an excellent job bringing to life a quirky, dysfunctional family. The novel was humorous at times with snarky, witty comments and dry humor. Being on a cruise at the time, I especially enjoyed how Friedland made cruises sound absolutely hellish. I actually thought about jumping ship at one point while reading the book!No matter how challenging the cruise or the situation, what I loved about this book is it showed how relationships are ever-evolving and how important forgiveness, acceptance, and love is within any relationship. The Floating Feldmans is a clever, insightful summer read that is perfect for a summer vacation or anytime! **Thank you, Lauren Burnstein, at Berkley Publishing for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own.** 
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  • Kathryn in FL
    January 1, 1970
    Release on July 23, 2019The Feldmans are more than a tad dysfunctional and a non-cohesive bunch, and thus for the past few years is reflected in their infrequent gatherings and their choice to be physically distance from the NE, by living in Colorado and California. Through the eyes of the matriarch, Annette, we observe her concern. One day she has an epiphany to reunite the family in a last ditch effort to encourage forgiveness and harmony between her son,Freddy and daughter, Elise. Both Freddy Release on July 23, 2019The Feldmans are more than a tad dysfunctional and a non-cohesive bunch, and thus for the past few years is reflected in their infrequent gatherings and their choice to be physically distance from the NE, by living in Colorado and California. Through the eyes of the matriarch, Annette, we observe her concern. One day she has an epiphany to reunite the family in a last ditch effort to encourage forgiveness and harmony between her son,Freddy and daughter, Elise. Both Freddy and Elise have big secrets that keep them from being their true self before their family. Elise's shopping has plunged her family into extreme debt while her stable, consistent husband, Mitch is playing fast and loose with his career. Their children Rachel and Darius are older teenagers about to embark on adulthood, though they often act childish and retaliatory against the other. What happens when eight family members are removed from their home environments and distractions? They are forced by circumstance to be congenial with others they resent? It results in a whole lot of smirks, shaking the head and a few laughs by the reader. The novel achieves terrific realism for those who have experienced this type of family or known a family like this. The premise is pretty standard fare. What made this a great novel was the insights and irony exposed. Conundrums viewed: How does a black sheep return to the fold? How do middle age adults look past childhood resentments and trauma? What can we do about our toxic secrets that control us? How will we be remembered by those we love? Is it possible to lay aside our pain and personal agenda's to support and love someone else during their time of pain and glory? It may sound both complex and depressing but there is a lot of hope mixed into the scenario. Many dynamic shifts happen during the five days at sea. People start to step out of their own perspectives and open their arms to embrace those they've rejected. It ends with much hope for their relationships in the future. I loved the characterizations, they were dynamic and evolving. Friedland shows us their foibles and successes and we learn to embrace a few and accept the others. Annette isn't the warmest person in the room and yet, she knows that her greatest success will be to provide a foundation of love and safety. The vacation is a foil to real life and its challenges. Their cruise demonstrates that there are always temptations that can distract us from accomplishing our goals and focusing on what is truly important. It is critical that we take opportunities to delight in others and look at the potentialities available to us. This is a fast and compelling read. It stayed with me even days after I closed the book. Though at times it was almost whimsical, it had a terrific life lesson for the reader. This is a book, you buy as a gift for others and keep a copy for yourself. I devoured this story in less than 36 hours. I enjoyed it as much Friedland's book, "The Intermission". Thank you to Berkley, the author and Goodreads for providing this book to me in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoy books about oddly endearing dysfunctional families this is the book for you! This was surprisingly poignant look at what happens when on quirky family finally spends more than one meal together and the results were highly entertaining and profoundly funny.This is told via multiple perspectives, you hear from almost everyone in the Feldman crew and even a member of staff on the cruise. I love a good ensemble cast, and every single one of these people had some pretty juicy secrets. If If you enjoy books about oddly endearing dysfunctional families this is the book for you! This was surprisingly poignant look at what happens when on quirky family finally spends more than one meal together and the results were highly entertaining and profoundly funny.This is told via multiple perspectives, you hear from almost everyone in the Feldman crew and even a member of staff on the cruise. I love a good ensemble cast, and every single one of these people had some pretty juicy secrets. If was kind of one of those situations where you think, do ANY of these people talk to each other? But it was also really apparent that each had valid reasons for keeping said secrets to themselves. I really enjoyed every single one of the characters, they all brought something unique to the table and though I don’t think I would want any of them as members of my own family, I was pretty invested in both their individual storylines as well as their dynamics as a group.The author is a talented writer, she has a sharp and witty insight into family that really shines through in the storyline and I breezed through this one, mainly do to her thoughtful and funny observations. Recommended as a fun summer read, I definitely had fun with this one and can easily see it being popular, but if you’re planning a cruise yourself you may want to wait to read it until after your trip…The Floating Feldman’s in three words: Sardonic, Enjoyable and Dysfunctional
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  • Catherine McKenzie
    January 1, 1970
    A fun read that makes you think about family interactions and laugh out loud. Would you go on a cruise as an adult with your parents? Think of all the zany things that can happen and multiple by a thousand! A great summer read. Can't wait to read more by Elyssa Friedland. Pre-order this one today!
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  • Ali Winter
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the Floating Feldmans, I find it shocking that the unique hell of a family vacation has never before been captured in this accurate, nuanced, and ultimately optimistic way. I loved this book equally if not more than the author's prior two books, Love and Miss Communication and The Intermission. In fact, I ignored my children on our own family vacation in a compulsive need to discover how each character resolves. The dialogue reads like a game of Olympic ping pong. The characters ar After reading the Floating Feldmans, I find it shocking that the unique hell of a family vacation has never before been captured in this accurate, nuanced, and ultimately optimistic way. I loved this book equally if not more than the author's prior two books, Love and Miss Communication and The Intermission. In fact, I ignored my children on our own family vacation in a compulsive need to discover how each character resolves. The dialogue reads like a game of Olympic ping pong. The characters are engaging and layered. I can't recommend this book enough.
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  • Liz Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED IT! Witty, insightful and a whole lot of fun. You’ll fall in love with the Feldmans! ,
  • Ericka Seidemann
    January 1, 1970
    Annette is turning 70, and her birthday wish is to take her entire family on a cruise to spend some wonderful quality time together. For an entire week, the family will be trapped together on a cruise ship with no way to escape. This is the perfect trope for a delightful, uproarious family comedy.Elise, her daughter, is dealing with a secret addiction; her husband, Mitch, has a major announcement to make once the entire family gathered; and their kids are both hiding some aspects of their lives. Annette is turning 70, and her birthday wish is to take her entire family on a cruise to spend some wonderful quality time together. For an entire week, the family will be trapped together on a cruise ship with no way to escape. This is the perfect trope for a delightful, uproarious family comedy.Elise, her daughter, is dealing with a secret addiction; her husband, Mitch, has a major announcement to make once the entire family gathered; and their kids are both hiding some aspects of their lives. Elise’s feckless loser brother Freddy is also coming, along with his younger girlfriend Natasha, and somehow Freddy isn’t such a loser anymore, but that’s quite the surprise.With these family dynamics, I was expecting the satirical family comedy that I love, like Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony or Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You and The Book of Joe. I wanted the over-the-top family explosions that come from family members with their own quirks, personalities, and triggers, being caught together in a forced-relationship crucible. In The Floating Feldmans, a large portion of the book is spent on set up, with each character getting their own omniscient narration. Friedland allows each character time to explain their troubles and role in the family, which goes on for quite some time. Once everyone is on board the ship I expected major comedic entertainment from everyone confronting one another, but aside from one moderate argumentative dinner, this never really came to pass. I wanted hilarity, awkwardness, and spontaneous pandemonium that never materialized. A few characters, such as the phlegmatic patriarch David and the one-dimensional cruise director Julian, were even superfluous and irrelevant. Regardless, there’s a sweet ending and the family loves one another, despite the truths that come out.All in all, it was okay. It was entertaining, but never engaging enough for me to look forward to reading more. Many thanks to Penguin FirstToRead for the advance copy.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    The Floating FeldmansByElyssa FriedlandWhat it's all about...When the elder Feldman’s decide to take their adult children on a family bonding cruise...no one realized that this family had so many secrets from each other. Why I wanted to read it...This book was fast paced and well written. It was serious but it also had some comedic issues. It also had tons of secrets. Everyone was keeping a life altering secret from someone else in this family. What made me truly enjoy this book...I loved when t The Floating FeldmansByElyssa FriedlandWhat it's all about...When the elder Feldman’s decide to take their adult children on a family bonding cruise...no one realized that this family had so many secrets from each other. Why I wanted to read it...This book was fast paced and well written. It was serious but it also had some comedic issues. It also had tons of secrets. Everyone was keeping a life altering secret from someone else in this family. What made me truly enjoy this book...I loved when the truth...everyone’s truth was revealed.Why you should read it, too...Readers who love a really great family saga will love this book. I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley and Amazon. It was my choice to read it and review it.
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  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    From the brilliant author of The Intermission, this family saga is as relatable as it is entertaining!!The Felmans' are fantastically dysfunctional, and like many families they don't realize just how much until they're all sequestered together for a family cruise. I love her easy writing, quirky and flushed out characters, and how you can so quickly become immersed in her lightheaded by accurate storytelling.If you enjoyed Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak you'll love this delicious family st From the brilliant author of The Intermission, this family saga is as relatable as it is entertaining!!The Felmans' are fantastically dysfunctional, and like many families they don't realize just how much until they're all sequestered together for a family cruise. I love her easy writing, quirky and flushed out characters, and how you can so quickly become immersed in her lightheaded by accurate storytelling.If you enjoyed Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak you'll love this delicious family story too!Galley borrowed from the publisher.
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARSSuch an enjoyable and sweet story. Annette Feldman decides she wants to do something special for her 70th birthday so she organizes a vacation on a cruise ship for her family.This sounds fun right?The book switches from one POV to another, it was nice that we could see the members of the family , I enjoyed most of them!I loved it and I could relate with some of them!It was a fun read perfect for summer!     
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publishing house for providing an advanced copy for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own! I'm such a sucker for dysfunctional family stories and  The Floating Feldmans is a fun one, if those are your cup of tea too!The premise of this one is that Annette Feldman has decided that she is going to book a cruise for her entire family, in honor of her 70th birthday! It has been over a decade since they have all been together and getting them all on a boat has them trapped in Thank you to the publishing house for providing an advanced copy for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own! I'm such a sucker for dysfunctional family stories and  The Floating Feldmans is a fun one, if those are your cup of tea too!The premise of this one is that Annette Feldman has decided that she is going to book a cruise for her entire family, in honor of her 70th birthday! It has been over a decade since they have all been together and getting them all on a boat has them trapped into oodles of family time together.Each of these siblings has come on their boat with an extra set of baggage though (sorry, I can't resist a good pun!) and this luggage harbors a lot of old secrets and the terrible kinds of hurts that only a family member can seem to hold against you.Some have grown up for the better, some have secrets that threaten their future, and the grandkids just might have a couple secrets of their own.Told from alternating perspectives, this is over-the-top fun and had me laughing out loud at various points.If you just want a fun escape, add this one to your beach bag. I'm recommending this one for fans of,  This is Where I Leave You .
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  • Laurie Gelman
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book!
  • BookGypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Annette Feldman wants to celebrate her 70th Birth Day with her family by taking a cruise. Told from multiple point of views. This was a good read. Family dysfunction and secrets bring on the waves during this cruise. A fast summer read. I enjoyed it.Dawnny-BookGypsy
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A dysfunctional Jewish family goes on a cruise.... That's the punchline to Elyssa Friedland's third novel, The Floating Feldmans. Given that I'm Jewish and have gone on cruises with my family, this novel was instantly relatable. It also helped that I was close in age to Elise.While there was a slower buildup to the actual cruise so we could get to know the characters, when everyone was finally together, it was smooth sailing from that point forward (no pun intended). I was curious to see where t A dysfunctional Jewish family goes on a cruise.... That's the punchline to Elyssa Friedland's third novel, The Floating Feldmans. Given that I'm Jewish and have gone on cruises with my family, this novel was instantly relatable. It also helped that I was close in age to Elise.While there was a slower buildup to the actual cruise so we could get to know the characters, when everyone was finally together, it was smooth sailing from that point forward (no pun intended). I was curious to see where things would go in terms of the family dynamics and all the secrets. Especially since the prologue showed a scene that would happen later in the novel. With all the different perspectives, it reminded me of the Baby-Sitters Club super specials, such as the one where they were all on a cruise. Just more adult themed this time around... The different narratives allowed me to get to know each of the characters better, even the secondary ones (such as girlfriends and spouses). There was a lot of humor, especially the way things were exaggerated in relation to the ship. It was also heartwarming when I least expected it to be. It would have been nice for Julian to have a part in the epilogue, but not a big deal that he didn't. Overall, this is an entertaining and enjoyable novel that you'll want to have with you on vacation this summer (or any other time of year). Movie casting ideas:Julian: Justin TherouxAnnette: Ellen GreeneDavid: Victor GarberElise: Alyson HanniganMitch: Patrick FischlerFreddy: Timothy OlyphantNatasha: Imogen PootsDarius: Tanner BuchananRachel: Ellie Darcey-Alden
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Lindas Book Obsession Reviews "The Floating Feldmans" by Elyssa Friedland, Penguin Random House, July 23, 2019Elyssa Friedland, Author of "The Floating Feldmans" has written a witty, entertaining,and emotional novel. The Genres for this story are Domestic Fiction, Humor, and Women's Fiction. The author describes her dysfunctional cast of characters as complex, and complicated, each having their own set of problems and secrets. Annette Feldman is going to be 70 and has decided that she wants the Lindas Book Obsession Reviews "The Floating Feldmans" by Elyssa Friedland, Penguin Random House, July 23, 2019Elyssa Friedland, Author of "The Floating Feldmans" has written a witty, entertaining,and emotional novel. The Genres for this story are Domestic Fiction, Humor, and Women's Fiction. The author describes her dysfunctional cast of characters as complex, and complicated, each having their own set of problems and secrets. Annette Feldman is going to be 70 and has decided that she wants the whole family to go on a cruise. The Feldmans don't communicate well on the land, so you can imagine what will happen at sea. They all will need their life preservers, that is for sure!! Not only is there a lack of communication, but every Feldman also seems to have a secret.There is a touch of satire, and I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, honesty, communication, emotional support and love. I recommend this amusing and thought-provoking story! Happy Reading!!
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  • Rosanna
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, aside from the brief description that came with the book. Basic premise is that a family goes on a cruise for a family celebration. I’m not a fan of cruises, so that was one strike. As I started to read the book, each of the family members kind of got on my nerves, almost as if they were exaggerated or caricatures. However, I quickly realized that this was what the story was about. Let’s put these people in a chaotic setting and see what comes from it I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, aside from the brief description that came with the book. Basic premise is that a family goes on a cruise for a family celebration. I’m not a fan of cruises, so that was one strike. As I started to read the book, each of the family members kind of got on my nerves, almost as if they were exaggerated or caricatures. However, I quickly realized that this was what the story was about. Let’s put these people in a chaotic setting and see what comes from it. And perhaps we could see a bit of ourselves in at least one of the characters.Whose family doesn’t have issues? This book takes a humorous view at this group who has not come together in years and doesn’t communicate well. Each member seems to have their own secret and doesn’t even think that anything will come out during this week spent at sea.This is a great read for a vacation, and should be required if you’re traveling with family.Thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 100 pages. I am so surprised to not finish this given the many great reviews this book is getting. I'm not sure it's the story that is my problem. I think it's the writing style. The character's conversational narratives are broken up too much. A character will ask a question to another character and the author will give you three or four paragraphs, sometimes even a page, of the internal dialogue or backstory of the character before the character answers the question. Sometimes I would ha DNF @ 100 pages. I am so surprised to not finish this given the many great reviews this book is getting. I'm not sure it's the story that is my problem. I think it's the writing style. The character's conversational narratives are broken up too much. A character will ask a question to another character and the author will give you three or four paragraphs, sometimes even a page, of the internal dialogue or backstory of the character before the character answers the question. Sometimes I would have to go back a page to even remember what the conversation was about. It was just too disjointed for me. I'm disappointed because the story began with a huge bang that I wanted to find the backstory to. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy to read in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Full and weird book that some people will love while others will find the family interacts painful since it’s similar to their own families
  • Sue Seligman
    January 1, 1970
    A fast moving read about family, secrets and lies, living up to the expectations of your loved ones. What happens when three generations of a family embarks on a cruise to celebrate the 70th birthday of the matriarch? Old resentments are revealed and insults and blows are exchanged, and the question remains...can this family be saved? Read to find out....maybe you will recognize yourself or people you know. A fun summer read!
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  • Susie Williams
    January 1, 1970
    (Thank you to the publisher for my copy of this book!)This is a cute and entertaining book that is absolutely filled with family drama. At the very least it will make you feel better about your own family! Everyone in the Feldman family has at least one secret... And they're all embarking on a cruise together. What could possibly go wrong, right?The book begins right as the big blowup on formal night is happening. But then it hops back in time to before the family embarks on the cruise. We get b (Thank you to the publisher for my copy of this book!)This is a cute and entertaining book that is absolutely filled with family drama. At the very least it will make you feel better about your own family! Everyone in the Feldman family has at least one secret... And they're all embarking on a cruise together. What could possibly go wrong, right?The book begins right as the big blowup on formal night is happening. But then it hops back in time to before the family embarks on the cruise. We get background on all the family members, from Annette, the family matriarch who is planning the cruise for her birthday, and her husband; her daughter Elise and her husband; her son Freddy and his girlfriend; and the grandchildren, Rachel and Darius. Lots comes up from the family members' pasts and we learn that many of the characters are holding on to negative things from their childhoods and how they were treated by their parents.I love that we get so many different perspectives in this book and especially felt for teenager Darius and his desire to fit in with his friend group and mixed feelings about a big family vacation. I don't want to give away any of the family member's secrets, but some of them are pretty big and some are just the ways in which they're hiding their true identities from their family.The Floating Feldmans would be a great vacation read (especially on a family vacation!) and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than Friedland's first novel, which was also very well-written, but with pretty unlikable characters. These characters may not all be totally lovable, but they're very realistic and I think you'll find at least a couple to connect with. Also? This book has the BEST cover I've seen in a long time!
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I won an advance copy of this book in a goodreads contest. When I received this book, I was letdown. The cover didn’t speak to me, the name didn’t work for me, the story wasn’t one that sounded like me. Had I seen this in the bookstore, I would have kept moving. I am so glad I won this book. It is an amazingly well written, wonderfully told story. This is a family full of flaws, real but not un-relatable, their problems are not out of my realm. The ending is fully finished and not rushed and wit I won an advance copy of this book in a goodreads contest. When I received this book, I was letdown. The cover didn’t speak to me, the name didn’t work for me, the story wasn’t one that sounded like me. Had I seen this in the bookstore, I would have kept moving. I am so glad I won this book. It is an amazingly well written, wonderfully told story. This is a family full of flaws, real but not un-relatable, their problems are not out of my realm. The ending is fully finished and not rushed and without the glossy “they all lives happily ever after.” The author calls out Maria Semple as an influence and I can see her as the Jewish Maria. I look forward to more from the wonderful author.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    THE FLOATING FELDMANS is a dose of everything we don't want to admit about ourselves and our family relationships as we grow, age, and step into our own path; ultimately drifting apart both distantly and emotionally. Ms. Friedland uses humor to show how a family (of several generations) can harbor such resentment due to their own insecurities and shame over both past and (secret) present choices, but in the end turn to one another. After, of course, the stress and tension trapped together on a c THE FLOATING FELDMANS is a dose of everything we don't want to admit about ourselves and our family relationships as we grow, age, and step into our own path; ultimately drifting apart both distantly and emotionally. Ms. Friedland uses humor to show how a family (of several generations) can harbor such resentment due to their own insecurities and shame over both past and (secret) present choices, but in the end turn to one another. After, of course, the stress and tension trapped together on a cruise (that has turned into a 'trip' not a 'vacation') becomes too taut and everything spills out, bringing them together and making them an even better version of the family they all quietly envision. Each realizing they can trust their family, to not judge too quickly, and its okay to admit help is needed, that nothing is a better medicine than family-support.Also, the small bits from Julian's perspective (the cruise director) were easy to attach to and kind-of want to read more of. Each chapter shifted from one family member's perspective to another and not a one slowed the story-flow or was boring; each equally enjoyable and understandable (even if perhaps in the wrong).I absolutely loved this novel! Funny, funny, funny. Yet underneath the humor there's a serious tone not to be missed. I want to send a big thanks to Penguin Random House for my arc-copy :))
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  • Tara Weiss
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes things hit a little too close to home, but often that's just the first strike. The next blow is the sink or swim factor that can make or break an experience. First impact: I liked the description of the book, it seemed like something a shiksa could appreciate, especially when you're the daughter in law of a Jewish doctor from Great Neck whose wife managed his office. Which is pretty much David and Annette, the parents at the head of this dysfunctional brood. I liked the story's narrati Sometimes things hit a little too close to home, but often that's just the first strike. The next blow is the sink or swim factor that can make or break an experience. First impact: I liked the description of the book, it seemed like something a shiksa could appreciate, especially when you're the daughter in law of a Jewish doctor from Great Neck whose wife managed his office. Which is pretty much David and Annette, the parents at the head of this dysfunctional brood. I liked the story's narration from each character's omniscient perspective, but I don't think the narration was balanced because the second impact of this book is that characters are stereotypes. Their development is one deus ex machina, thus it makes it almost pointless to read the story. So, I'm going to talk about the book because, yes, this is a pretty typical lifestyle described in the exposition, but come round to the conclusion and there isn't the kind of growth or character development to warrant the, "OMG, you've gotta read this" factor.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Three generations of the Feldmans reluctantly agree to take a week long cruise in the Caribbean where it soon becomes clear they all have a secret to reveal. Of course, over the top situations occur. This was a ton of fun to read and I'll definitely watch out for this author in the future.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    The family matriarch is turning 70 so she invites her son, daughter, son-in-law, and her two grandchildren to celebrate on a week long cruise she is paying for. The son brings his girlfriend...a woman much younger than he is. Everyone has some secret and they finally end up confessing to each other almost at the end of the cruise. First there are hurt feelings but ultimately the family becomes closer. i won this from Goodreads and really enjoyed it. Recommended.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a strong start and was generally enjoyable to read.
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