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Last Summer At The Golden Hotel


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Elyssa Friedland is the acclaimed author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, The Floating Feldmans, The Intermission and Love and Miss Communication. Elyssa is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School and currently teaches novel writing at Yale. She lives with her husband and three children in New York City, the best place on earth.


"When Annette Feldman decides to celebrate her 70th birthday with a family cruise, drama--and hilarity--ensue."--People, on The Floating Feldmans

"Family reunions can rock the boat. This one does it on a cruise ship. When the Feldmans hit the high seas for their matriarch's 70th, a lot of drama and laughs come out in tight quarters. Think: This is Where I Leave You meets The Family Stone."--The Skimm, on The Floating Feldmans

The Floating Feldmans
is a story about an estranged family's wild vacation. This book is so dramatic, that it might actually make your fam feel normal...even if you're losing your mind on day five of your own trip."--Cosmopolitan, on The Floating Feldmans

The Floating Feldmans
is a hilarious romp on the sea that is perfect for your poolside reading this summer!"--Catherine McKenzie
, bestselling author of I'll Never Tell and Spin, on The Floating Feldmans

"Friedland uses multiple perspectives, witty dialogue, and complex characters that are incredibly relatable to deliver a funny, astute look at the family dynamic and the relationships shared within."--Booklist, on The Floating Feldmans

The Floating Feldmans
is a fast, funny, surprisingly heartwarming ride on the high seas."--Shelf Awareness, on The Floating Feldmans

"Friedland creates vivid characters with distinct voices, from the outwardly critical matriarch to the insecure teenager. A fun look at family drama on the open seas."--Kirkus, on The Floating Feldmans

"Uproariously funny, yet heartfelt and true, The Floating Feldmans will have each reader seeing her own family fun and foibles in the choppy waters, laughing and crying at the same time to the very last wonderful page."--Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris, on The Floating Feldmans

"An intelligent, insightful, touching novel about the secrets we keep and the family that loves us anyway."--Abbi Waxman, author of I Was Told it Would Get Easier, on The Floating Feldmans

"Elyssa Friedland's premise is perfect. Take three generations of an estranged family, put them on a boat--a forced cruise to celebrate the matriarch's 70th birthday--and let the dysfunction fly. A pleasure to read."--Laurie Gelman, author of Class Mom, on The Floating Feldmans

"Such a smart, honest look at the modern American family. Elyssa Friedland has written a book that feels both up-to-the-minute contemporary and, somehow, absolutely timeless."--Matthew Norman, author of We're All Damaged and Domestic Violets, on The Floating Feldmans

"All aboard! The Floating Feldmans is for everyone whose ever thought their family is absolutely crazy ... but loves them anyway. Sibling rivalries and skeletons in the closet all come to a head in this fun, quirky family saga."--Georgia Clark, author of The Bucket List, on The Floating Feldmans

The Floating Feldmans
was a blast; funny, moving, and immensely readable. Friedland's all-you-can-eat buffet of quirky characters walk right off the page and into your heart."--Jonathan Evison, author of This is Your Life Harriet Chance!, on The Floating Feldmans

"Take a big dysfunctional family, reunite them for the first time in 10 years on a Caribbean cruise ship they can't escape, and add endless buffets, blindfolded pie-eating contests, and impromptu conga lines on the sundeck. What could possibly go wrong? Both cruising fans and skeptics alike will get a laugh out of this story of a family trying to stay afloat."--National Geographic, on The Floating Feldmans

"Friedland's well-executed and smartly structured novel features chapters from each character's point of view. The simple but clever premise lets the author explore the complicated tensions of family relationships in a compressed and directed way...there is dry humor and a certain sweetness as well."--Library Journal, on The Floating Feldmans

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