A wickedly smart, funny and deeply felt debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of their long depended-upon family inheritance
On a wintry afternoon in New York City, Melody, Beatrice and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, who has just been released from rehab. Leo’s bad behavior before entering rehab, culminating in a car crash while under the influence—a nineteen-year-old waitress beside him—has left the Plumbs’ joint trust fund—“The Nest,” as they’ve taken to calling it—endangered. All four siblings, at very different places in their lives, believe that this money will solve a host of self-inflicted problems and their consequences. And until Leo’s accident, they’d been mere months away from receiving it.
Can Leo get the Plumbs out of this mess, as he’s always been able to do for himself before? Or will the Plumb siblings have to do without the money and the future lives they’ve envisioned? As the siblings grapple with family tensions, old histories, and the significant emotional and financial cost of the accident, Sweeney introduces an unforgettable cast of supporting characters: Leo’s stalwart ex-girlfriend who now thinks that maybe, just maybe, he is capable of change; the waitress whose life was shattered in the accident; the Iraqi war veteran who falls in love with her; and a retired, grieving firefighter with a very big secret.
Tender, funny and deftly written, The Nest explores what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of our lives, and the fraught but unbreakable ties we have with our families.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you enjoy books like This Is Where I Leave You and Spool of Blue Thread, which give you a courtside seat to another family’s dysfunction and provide great entertainment, The Nest is a great find. When Leo Plumb—the eldest of four adult children who were born to driven, detached parents in the tony suburbs of Long Island—spectacularly misbehaves, he jeopardises his siblings’ nest eggs and sends their lives into a tailspin. Debut novelist Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is a natural-born storyteller who lovingly crafts a large, lifelike cast of characters and moves the action along with cinematic flair. Her eagle-eyed humour reveals the soft, yearning hearts behind the misbehaving Plumbs’ aloof demeanours.
Interesting family dynamics, no big wow in the end.
This was incredibly boring and put me to sleep a few times.
I really wanted to like this book but found it overwhelmingly dull. I kept waiting for it to pick up but it never did. The ending left too many questions as well.