The Nest

The Nest

Book - 2016
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Instant New York Times 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: 9780062414212
0062414216
Characteristics: x, 353 pages ; 24 cm

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LAYNE_A Jun 08, 2016

While too many characters and too many plotlines bog down the story at times, fans of domestic fiction and family drama will enjoy this debut novel. Think a breezier Ann Packer (The Children's Crusade) or the sardonic, but moving east coast stories of Cathleen Schine.


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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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feralranger
Nov 24, 2017

Really surprised how popular this book about a family of "me firsts" was. I wasn't interested in them and I'm sure if they were real and we met in person they wouldn't be interested in me.
I may have rated it higher if I listened to the talking book. Sometimes the performance by narrators adds depth and clarity to characters.

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ldcarter
Nov 10, 2017

After seeing this book on multiple "must-read" lists and witnessing several people reading it on my morning commute, I thought I'd give this book a go. I just don't see what the hubbub is all about.

The premise sounded interesting and had so much potential, but the writing is simply awful. The main Plumb family characters are vapid and shallow clichés; I couldn't connect with any of them, and I simply did not care what happened to them and their inheritance. There's also the numerous unnecessary characters whose storylines dragged the flow of this book to a screeching halt. I didn't find it funny or witty by any means. A real let down.

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cynthia94066
Oct 17, 2017

I'm not entirely sure why this book took off like it did, but it's entertaining enough. The audiobook is really well-read by Mia Barron. She handled the range of characters so well in terms of gender, age, and ethnicity. The four main siblings are all "types" and not especially appealing, but I think their dilemmas are understandable. Probably a good book club book.

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