The Nest

The Nest

by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

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Overview

*SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE*

Instant New York Times Bestseller; named a Best Book of 2016 by People, theWashington Post, theSan Francisco Chronicle, Refinery29, NPR and LibraryReads.

“Hilarious and big-hearted, The Nest is a stellar debut.” — People

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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594689409
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 117,503
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nest, which has been translated into twenty-six languages and optioned for film by Amazon Studios. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

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The Nest 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book was very easy to read and it kept my interest. The story was interesting and easy to follow along with each characters story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of like pulling teeth...just boring. Took way too long to read because it couldn't hold my attention. Certain parts of the plot could easily be furthur developed into their own meaningful novels, however thrown together in one book lacked depth or great interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Not great. I wouldn't recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel had so many elements that are true t o life The author devlopes each story line in a logical intetesting way and then interweaves the story ines i can't wait for another book from her ,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot felt contrived, sad to say. Nothing very surprising here. Wanted to like it but found it more shallow than I expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many good reviews and ads for this book everywhere. I was expecting a better story, but was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun, quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Great story. Didn't want it to end - that's the sign of a great book. I await your next book Ms. Sweeney.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an fairly interesting read and kept me hooked for most of the book. But I expected a better ending---no closure at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most depressing novels I've ever read. I had a hard time getting into it and the characters make you want to run out and hug your family, flaws and all, because none of them could be as bad as these characters. I would NOT recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too hard to follow. Had good sections that could have made a great story, but just couldn't keep my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great reminder that there are many paths to happiness, and it very often isn’t the path you are planning to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I was able to stay engaged in the story, I found the plot to be pointless. I got the gist from the get go. We shouldn’t be selfish, whiny, people and you can only count on yourself in the end. I read that the story had humor in it, but apparently I missed that part. I gave it 3 stars instead of 2 only bc it was an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is wrapped around 4 siblings, who are anxiously awaiting the release of their inheritance on the youngest’s 40’th Birthday. And that’s where problems develop, putting all your hopes on the inheritance, which the refer to as “the Nest”. For me it was a good book and a quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting look into the relationships of four adult siblings. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked very much something different on a story about a dysfunctional family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and intriguing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow start, but couldn't put it down after 70 or so pages. The author gets to the heart of family dynamics and how money can warp relationships.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
The description of this book includes the word funny which I didn't find. Really it's just a life story. Siblings are supposed to inherit a bunch of money. One has drug and legal fees that affect them all. Then the story reveals over time how they're all pretty flawed and how everyone is going to be okay in the end. All of the characters are struggling with some kind of issue. There are problems in jobs, money, attitudes and every area. The siblings are the causes of their own unhappiness and have some growing up to do. The family has it's dysfunction, lows and highs. I wasn't crazy about any of the siblings, but they seemed to have likable romantic partners and offspring for the most part. Overall, I liked it, but didn't love it. Reading this book didn't inspire any major feelings in me, but I can see how it would make an interesting tv show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but not as interesting as I had hoped.
Mollydog8 More than 1 year ago
I feel compelled to finish reading this thing because I paid good money for it, but it isn't easy. All the skipping around plus way too many (irrelevant) characters makes this very hard to follow, and I lost interest at the second chapter. Save your money, unless you are an insomniac and need a good sleep aid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very plain it did not hold m y attention for long
Anonymous 4 months ago
What+a+fun+read%21++Touching+and+entertaining.