The Nest

The Nest

Book - 2016
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"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 HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062414212
0062414216
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sweeney Cynthia 03/2016
Characteristics: x, 353 pages ;,24 cm

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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 clich├ęs; 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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tshively
Sep 29, 2017

This book was decent. Especially if you like books about dysfunctional families. It was hard to relate to most of the characters and I was pretty disappointed in the ending. It just seemed like there were too many loose ends.

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annagraceiaboni
Sep 19, 2017

I enjoyed reading this book. I kept finding myself wanting to know what was going to happen. The character development was good and the characters themselves were super frustrating and entertaining. However, I felt the book ended with the plot not really mattering? Anyways, I was entertained by the read.

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dirtbag
Sep 13, 2017

I agree with most of the people who commented...as a book, it is only mediocre. However, I have a hard time with their judgements of the characters. I don't know what world they live in, but I am surrounded by people just like the Plumbs where I live.

clairelegrand Sep 01, 2017

This was an easy, well-written, and engrossing read, although it was also frustrating at times. I'm a sucker for stories about family dysfunction, especially when the family in question is super wealthy. It's wonderful escapism to read about the problems of the privileged, since their struggles feel so far removed from my own. I only emotionally connected with a couple of the characters (Melody, Stephanie), as the other characters weren't very likable or sympathetic. But I still wanted to read through to the end to see where they ended up! 3.5 stars.

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DCFs
Aug 23, 2017

I agree with a previous comment about poor character development. Abrupt introduction of characters made it hard to follow at times - I was often going back a few pages to scan for names to see if perhaps I had zoned out and a character had been introduced, but it simply wasn't the case. Also two of the siblings husbands had very similar names (Walter and Walker) which further confused things at times. Still, who doesn't want to read about a dysfunctional family that is not their own, right? Parallels could be drawn to the TV show Arrested Development. Fine for a pool-side summer read.

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ctkvlk
Aug 11, 2017

A quick, light read. Not as great as the reviews, but not as bad as the pans. Good summer reading.

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robyn_paton
Jul 15, 2017

I was disappointed with the novel after hearing that the story was great. I found it hard to engage with the characters, and was waiting for at least something exciting to happen. The storyline was somewhat predictable and dull.

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