The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland

the floating feldmans

His rhetoric would often spawn a discussion whether there should be a comma in front of the “and” between the second and third item in a list (the Bee was a no-comma place, whereas the Language Arts Department at Sacramento High was adamant about the comma, much to Mitch’s chagrin).

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Fiction – Humor/Contemporary

Goodreads Summary

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.. 


What a fun book this was! It started out a bit slow and took me a little while to get into it because I can get overwhelmed when there are a lot of characters in a book. However, I did get used to the characters and could easily keep them straight once I gave it some time. Once I got into it, I really loved it!

This is filled with all the family drama and antics you could want. Each family member has something quirky or unexpected come out about them and it left me highly entertained. While it was funny and light-hearted, it still contained some depth due to the relatable issues within.

I must say that I was glad I read this after I went on my first cruise last year because otherwise I probably would have been scared off from even going. 🙂

I think The Floating Feldmans would make a great summery beach read! Make sure to pick this one up once it’s available next week. I’d love to hear what you think of it!

(And I thought the quote above about the Oxford comma was just all too fitting!)

Available July 23rd!

Thank you to Berkley for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Elyssa Friedland’s website

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