The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney was published on March 22nd, 2016 by Ecco. Synopsis: A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives. Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old
waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems. Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives. This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.
About the author: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nest, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and optioned for film by Amazon Studios with Sweeney writing the adaptation. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
My thoughts: What makes a book about a crazy, money hungry family that cannot get along a good read? Who doesn’t love a little family drama as long as it is someone else’s family? Well if you love the drama but not the headache that comes with a dysfunctional family, then THE NEST is for you. Sweeney writes about four siblings Leo, Beatrice, Jack, and Melody Plumb who have a rather complex relationship with each other. They all have spent most of their adult lives waiting for the youngest of the four siblings to turn 40. The day Melody turns 40 they all get access to “The Nest” or in other words a joint trust fund. The trust fund was set up by their father when they were younger. Two of the four are looking forward to receiving their share because of their financial struggles. However, the oldest sibling, Leo, as found himself in a bit of trouble that could jeopardize the trust fund for all of them. Because of this things, really heat up and the drama starts. Sweeney does an outstanding job creating the main characters in this novel, putting a lot of thought and detail into their individual backstories. The setting helps to tell the story of how these four siblings ended up in life where they are today. I feel that the book did have a slow start but then picked up speed pretty fast. Overall, I found this to be a great read and I highly recommend it.