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.
Published in hardcover & ebook in March 2016. Paperback publishing April 2017
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Some of the recent comments posted about The Nest:
Did you find that there were secrets that should have been revealed earlier in the story or were kept for selfless or selfish reasons? Have you ever kept any important secrets?
I'm not sure they should have been revealed earlier in the story. It's hard to admit you're doing something that could ruin all - if looked at that way. Life is about adapting and working things through, good and bad. The tipping point when you don't... - cm28015
Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?
I did not like any of the characters in this book. I felt they were all naive, immature and selfish. They all needed to grow up and face reality. Life is not a hand out. Work for what you want, do not expect it to just land in your lap. How do they ... - taking.mytime
Do you feel that the bond of family trumps all? Is it possible to rebuild trust once it has been broken? Are there some bonds that can become stronger than those of family?
Absolutely you can rebuild trust once it is broken. Families hurt each other all of the time and strong families know that it is the family unit that is most important and they forgive and move on. It is never to late to get forgiveness from someone ... - jeanniet
Do you have a physical remembrance of someone who was close to you? What is it, and why did you keep it?
My grandmother raised me while my parents were at university, then again later in life during middle and high school she lived with us. When she was 80, she moved in with me and my husband and raised our two daughters for 6 1/2 years. In my Eastern... - aleksandrae
Do you think Leo ever loved Stephanie? How do you think he would have reacted if he'd found out about their child together?
Probably the most conscious act of love that Leo commits is to stay invisible. As a longtime user of others, he could not possibly make some of the personal sacrifices required to be a good husband or father. I too would like to believe that ... - patriciag
"Starred Review. [A] generous, absorbing novel...Sweeney's endearing characters are quirky New Yorkers all... [a] lively novel. A fetching debut from an author who knows her city, its people, and their heart." - Kirkus
"Her writing is assured, energetic, and adroitly plotted, sweeping the reader along through an engrossing narrative that endears readers to the Plumb family for their essential humanity. " - Publishers Weekly
"Anyone with siblings will appreciate the character dynamics at play here, although they may not care much for each character individually. A fun, quick read recommended for fans of Emma Straub and Meg Wolitzer." - Library Journal
"The Nest ambles along so beautifully, what a pleasure to read! It's a wise, funny, compassionate family drama, full of irresistible surprises, witty conversations, and necessary emotional truths." - Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins
"A masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale...not only clever, but emotionally astute. Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney is a real talent." - Elizabeth Gilbert
"In her intoxicating first novel, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney has written an epic family story that unfolds in a deeply personal way. The Nest is a fast-moving train and Sweeney's writing dares us to keep up. I couldn't stop reading or caring about the juicy and dysfunctional Plumb family." - Amy Poehler
"Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney delivers an acerbic satire of the leisure class while crafting an affecting human story that embroils us utterly in the fates of the Plumbs...This book keeps its blade sharp and its heart open." - Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves
"The Nest is a trenchant, darkly funny, and beautiful novel." - Bret Anthony Johnston
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Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. She has an MFA from Bennington.
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