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The Floating Feldmans
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
13 posts | 11 read | 27 to read
A family vacation dredges up a boatload of trouble in the next witty, insightful novel from the acclaimed author of The Intermission. "An effortless page-turner, almost a movie treatment more than a novel....Intelligent commercial fiction."--The Wall Street Journal on The Intermission Sink or swim. Or at least that's what Annette Feldman tells herself when she books a cruise for her entire family. It's been over a decade since the Feldman clan has spent more than twenty-four hours under the same roof, but Annette is determined to celebrate her seventieth birthday the right way. Just this once, they are going to behave like an actual family. Too 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.
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bookandbedandtea
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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Mehso-so

I'm glad I pushed through rather than bailing on this. After the unrelenting drama and dysfunction it was nice to see this family being honest with each other and forming truer relationships. I still can't get over how depressing I found the first 70% of this book so I can't give it a pick.
(Finished this in the theater right before watching the new Star Wars movie with The Hubs. A fun, midweek date night.)

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bookandbedandtea
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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Now the cruise director is dissatisfied with his life too??
Of the 7 Feldman's (plus Natasha plus Julian) do any of these people end up happy at the end? The misery is killing me!

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bookandbedandtea
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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I'm not bailing- yet!- on the whiney, self absorbed Feldman's but I can't deal with them any more today. Raven Black has been on my TBR for ages and it's looking really good
tonight. I'm now snuggled in bed with my tea to witness murder and mayhem in Scotland.

C.Perone Happy New Year!! Hope your holidays were happy with all family in attendance!! ❤️🍀💪🙏 2w
bookandbedandtea @C.Perone Happy New Year to you too! My daughter was not able to come home for Christmas which was difficult for both of us. 😭 I hope your family was able to be together! ❤🍀💪🙏 2w
C.Perone @bookandbedandtea I'm sorry to hear that😔 We got a last minute visit that was shorter than I would've liked, yet thrilled to have as another may be a long time coming. At least there are always books to distract 😄📚 2w
bookandbedandtea @C.Perone I'm so glad you got to see her, even for a short visit. And I hope future visits will be easier and more frequent than you are currently expecting. 🤞 Thank heavens for books! They've always been my escape from my worries. 2w
C.Perone @bookandbedandtea 🤞here's to hoping🤞 2w
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bookandbedandtea
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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I started this yesterday and so far, reading how badly the generations of this family don't understand each other and don't want to spend time together just makes me sad. Does it really become funny and heart warming?

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Hooked_on_books
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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Pickpick

Multiple generations of a family, each with their own secrets, go on a cruise together. The tension eventually boils over when everyone‘s secrets are revealed. Not a weighty book, but a fun palette cleanser with some amusing spots that was just what I was looking for.

JennyM Ooo...this sounds good. #stacking!!! 1mo
Cinfhen Did you read this or listen to audio?? I recently read and thought it was pretty entertaining ~ it dragged a tiny bit and wrapped up too quickly but still a very enjoyable palette cleanser 💜 I think you‘d like it @JennyM 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I listened to the audio. For me, it didn‘t drag at all, but I also tend to listen at 2x, so that helps. 😬 1mo
JennyM @Hooked_on_books @cinfhen it sounds a fun audio and a good one to have inbetween heavier reads 😊 1mo
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Cinfhen
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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Pickpick

A lighthearted read that actually went a little too overboard (😉) towards the end of the novel. If you like reading about dysfunctional families, topped with rich people problems and a bit of #JewishHumor then this book will definitely float your boat 🛳😜 I enjoyed this story for what is was; fluff and fun. I would #BorrowNotBuy

Cinfhen Tagging @KarenUK because I think this one is totally your jam 💜 2mo
KarenUK Thanks @Cinfhen 👍😘 Stacked! 💕😊 2mo
emilyhaldi Fun review 🤗 2mo
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Cinfhen
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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Just enjoying a cup of serenity tea ☕️ while finishing the last few chapters of this lighthearted read. Thanks for the lovely cuppa #JohnnyBergen ‘s mom ❣️❣️❣️and those maple honey sucking candies are pretty delish as wel🇨🇦

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Where do you get your cool sounding tea 🍵?? ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one was gifted to me from the sweetest @LeahBergen and it‘s wonderful 2mo
Cathythoughts Maple honey 😋😋😋 2mo
emilyhaldi Love the hashtag 🐶 2mo
LeahBergen Johnny says you are very welcome. 😆 2mo
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JoyBlue
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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Mehso-so

Meh. There were layers of story line, which was good; but, I wasn't engaged by the characters. Fairly predictable ending. Could have been shorter and more/at least as effective.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I felt the same way 😕 5mo
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Michelle505
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
Pickpick

I was looking forward to reading this one while on my Caribbean vacation and enjoyed it. I thought some parts were a little slow and felt a little over the top but I liked it.

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GirlWellRead
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
Mehso-so

The ship was an interesting vehicle for the story because it forced the characters to not only be in the same vicinity as one another, but it pushed some of the family dynamics front and centre creating some interesting situations. The exposition was painfully long and I expected more confrontations and satire. She did redeem herself with the ending, readers will be satisfied as they disembark. This book really brings out the fun in dysfunctional.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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Pickpick

I gave this a “pick”, but it was a 3-star read for me on Goodreads.
Dysfunctional family all going on a cruise together. I expected more hilarious over-the-top situations, but it was just kinda moderate all around. 🤷‍♀️

Cinfhen Too bad, the blurb sounded like it had lots of potential 8mo
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Preciouz29
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
Pickpick

Wow, I can‘t believe how much in enjoyed the book! The first few chapters were a little slow for me and I was worried I‘d enjoy the book, but then it really caught my attention and I zipped through. The family was both crazy enough to be zany, but just real enough you could relate.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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Um . . . No.

Robothugs HAHAHAHAHA... wut. 🧐 They sit on a throne of lies! 8mo
merelybookish There are no cheap tickets to Disney! 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @robothugs HA!! If only it were true! 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @merelybookish And no off season! And if there were such a miracle as cheaper tickets (as if), summer would never be the option. 🤦‍♀️ 8mo
merelybookish @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I remember reading an article on "how to save money at Disney." One of the suggestions was to not put ice in your fountain drink?. 8mo
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