The Nest

The Nest

A Novel

Book - 2016
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An instant Globe and Mail Bestseller

"Hilarious and big-hearted, The Nest is a stellar debut." -- People, Book of the Week

"Her writing is like really good dark chocolate: sharper and more bittersweet than the cheap stuff, but also too delicious not to finish in one sitting."-- Entertainment Weekly

"Humor and delightful irony abound in this lively first novel."-- New York Times Book Review

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 : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781443445238
9780062414212
9780062459398
Branch Call Number: SWEE
Characteristics: x, 353 pages ; 24 cm

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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.

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Dream24
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.

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kwsmith
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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janestream
Jun 27, 2018

This book is perfect summer reading; an easy read that is intriguing and has plenty of character development. Your opinions of the protagonists shifts from beginning to end, and finishes on a high and hopeful note.

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green_monkey_2650
Jun 19, 2018

A fun, enjoyable read that kept me engaged throughout. I highly recommend if you enjoy books about upper class families and how they can be dysfunctional in a variety of ways. Take to the beach. It was well written.

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molly
Jan 25, 2018

A total waste of time. Garbled and poorly written. I skipped along and could
only think of throwing it in the garbage. "Heather's Pick".... do you think Heather actually
read it? lol. lol This author does not have the writing skill.

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nbaquino
Dec 28, 2017

With so much hoopla, I guess I expected more from this book. It could be a good HBO movie though.

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dlh1
Dec 22, 2017

I kept waiting for a climax, but there wasn't one. It was just a slice out of a family's life, and not a very compelling story. I found it hard to like any of the characters. I found similarities between this book and J.K. Rowling's "Casual Vacancy" (which I also thought was disappointing).

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eappelbaum
Dec 15, 2017

Not profound, but entertaining.

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mnack_0
Dec 02, 2017

Beautiful "poetic" writing - even though not a particularly compelling plot. (The synopsis makes it sound more compelling than it actually was.) Good first attempt by a new author. Hopefully she will continue to hone her craft - not end up like her character with 20 years between her first and second novel - and give us more sooner rather than later.

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