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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,591 ratings  ·  351 reviews
Sink or swim
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
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Paperback, 346 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Berkley
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Cora I think most of the characters could be detestable depending on how you feel about what they are going through. The same could be said about Annette.…moreI think most of the characters could be detestable depending on how you feel about what they are going through. The same could be said about Annette. But when you see the story from their perspective, you kind of understand a little about why they are the way they are. In that sense, I felt it was a bit like real life! Haha!(less)

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Theresa Alan
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Berit☀️✨
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Katie B
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This 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
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Larry H
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love stories about family dynamics and family dysfunction. In Elyssa Friedland's new book, The Floating Feldmans , she brings three generations of a family together with an added twist—they're heading on a cruise to celebrate Annette Feldman's 70th birthday.

Annette decides that it's time for her family to start acting like a family, so she books them all on a Caribbean cruise. She knows there are tensions—she hasn't really forgiven ne'er-do-well son Freddy for calling her a bitch when he got
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Liz
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars, rounded down

Annette 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,
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Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction~on hiatus))
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
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Tucker
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: Berkley Publishing Group

Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
This is going to be a very short review because, to be completely honest, I was only half paying attention throughout the entire book.

So, what’s this book about?
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
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Kathryn in FL
Release on July 23, 2019

The 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
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
A charming contemporary family drama featuring a highly dysfunctional family with some endearingly quirky characters. Secrets, old rivalries, and resentment abound, bringing in drama caused by holding on to those secrets. I have to admit that if I were in this family, I’d probably keep secrets as well because ono-cohesive family unit is an understatement when describing this family!

The Feldmans are a dysfunctional family, as most evidenced by the fact that they have chosen to put as much
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Amy
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Laura • lauralovestoread
“𝙸 𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗 𝚠𝚎 𝙵𝚎𝚕𝚍𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚜 𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚗’𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚠𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚒𝚌𝚞𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐. 𝚆𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚖𝚢 𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎, 𝚗𝚘 𝚕𝚎𝚜𝚜!”

—𝙴𝚕𝚢𝚜𝚜𝚊 𝙵𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚍𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍, 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙵𝚕𝚘𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙵𝚎𝚕𝚍𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚜

After reading a ridiculous amount of mystery/thrillers this month, I needed a palate cleanse in the worst way! I was so excited to jump in with the Feldmans in this dysfunctional family comedy.

While it was full of funny banter and laughable antics by this high strung family, I was surprised at the depth and real issues and secrets many of the
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Catherine McKenzie
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Lorilin
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
Annette is turning 70, and even though she never talks about her age, she’s decided that this year she wants her whole family to celebrate this milestone with her. She books an all-expense-paid cruise for her adult son and daughter and their families. On board is:

Annette—wearing just the right shade of lipstick. Always.
David—Annette’s retired physician husband
Elise—Annette and David’s uptight homemaker daughter
Mitch—Elise’s easy-going husband
Rachel—their college-age, good-girl daughter
Darius—
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Rhi G
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am so glad I won this book, it was even better than I had anticipated. I don't know why I have never thought to read books centering around dysfunctional families, seeing as that describes most of the shows I watch lol. I feel like this is the perfect summer read!
It was really interesting reading from different characters perspectives, reading how each invite/call went was cool. Observing one another on the cruise was eye opening for them, evident that the cycle has continued. Very vivid and
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Patty
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Floating Feldmans
By
Elyssa Friedland


What 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
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Ali Winter
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Liz Fenton
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED IT! Witty, insightful and a whole lot of fun. You’ll fall in love with the Feldmans!
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Sarah Joint
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Imagine taking a cruise with your extended family. Your significant other, your children, your parents, siblings, their significant others... all together on a ship. For some people, this sounds like an amazing time. Others might cringe at the very thought. This family falls more in the cringing category. They're not what you would call close, and each one is hiding secrets ranging from the type of thing that's only a big deal to a teenager to the life altering.

After some initial confusion over
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Melissa
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Ericka Seidemann
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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.
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Bridgett
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
3.5 stars rounded up

The Floating Feldmans started with a bang, instantly drawing me into this very dysfunctional family's lives. Told from multiple perspectives, we learn very quickly that every family member is keeping secrets. The drama that ensues, on an incredibly claustrophobic cruise ship no less, is evocative and humorous.

I personally loved the scenes when the family was all together, their vivid personalities pinging off one another...and not always in a positive way. The
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Amy
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Jillian Doherty
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Laurie Gelman
Loved this book!
Linda Zagon
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews "The Floating Feldmans" by Elyssa Friedland, Penguin Random House, July 23, 2019

Elyssa Friedland, Author of "The Floating Feldmans" has written a witty, entertaining,andemotional 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
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BookGypsy
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Kathleen
May 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
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 ...more
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
4 STARS

Such 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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Susie Williams
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
(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
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Rosanna
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked 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 ...more
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