The Nest

The Nest

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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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, Cynthia D'Aprix 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.

Publisher: New York, New York :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, ©2016.
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
ISBN: 9780062441652
Branch Call Number: LPE FICTION SWE
Characteristics: xi, 492 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Aug 31, 2019

Although the characters were sometimes deplorable, the ending was very good and made this book worth reading.

May 17, 2019

Stopped reading after about 50 pages. No interest or enjoyment in family drama about such over-indulged adults who make exceedingly poor decisions. The explicit sexual scenes and language right out of the box continued. I wanted to wash my brain. Stopped to discontinue the negative experience.

Mar 07, 2019

I hate books that are so boring that it takes me days to even get past the first chapter. Case in point, the characters presented here are so shallow that I wanted to smack them. Didn't care for this at all.

Feb 13, 2019

This is a family drama, gossip mixed with suspense. It was interesting. Didn't think i'd like it but good.

Feb 12, 2019

I tried my best to get into this book but unfortunately couldn't make it past page 100. The beginning grabs your interest and then all of the characters turn against the only interesting one so it turned into a big nag fest...maybe I'll try to pick it up again and see if the plot gets more interesting.

Jan 25, 2019

People. Anyone with siblings will appreciate the dynamics at play in this novel.

Nov 05, 2018

Read September 2018

Jcheng1234 Oct 03, 2018

It is nice to see how a dysfunctional family transformed from one which only focused on the Nest- a trusted fund that was supposed to relieve their individual financial burden to one which cared for each other. Sweeney is a good storyteller. Many characters, like the puzzle pieces, were unfolded and put together into a rich and clear picture. A good family story about the siblings’ journey to discover their own self, their value and love for each other after all the fights for money and their messy lives.

Aug 30, 2018

This book was all over social media last year, so I finally got a chance to pick it up and give it a read.

I was a little disappointed by this book. It was so shallow and materialistic for a good bulk of the book. They all sound like whiny over privileged adult-children who had a lot relying on this Nest fund

Leo, the eldest, costed his siblings a good chunk of the Nest thanks to his recklessness and tries to buy himself time to get the money back to his siblings (even though he has a good amount stashed away somewhere). The siblings all bicker and barely get along, let alone talk much throughout the years. It wasn't until the Nest funds were depleted and Leo was involved do they try to come together (even if dysfunctional) and act somewhat like a family.

Didn't really like the majority of the family members, was getting really irritated by the shallowness of their personalities and how they allowed themselves to get into this dire financial position. This book was not memorable or worthwhile to read.

Aug 26, 2018

I enjoyed this dark character-driven comedy about four middle-aged siblings living in New York. Collectively suffering from financial pressures, the four siblings are eagerly awaiting the delivery of an inheritance. It is abundantly clear that the author has lived in New York City before, and loved it as much as I did. This is a nice fun summer read, but the slightly tepid ending did not impress me very much.

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