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The Nest

The Nest

Written by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Narrated by Mia Barron


The Nest

Written by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Narrated by Mia Barron

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3.5/5 (124 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
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Released:
Mar 22, 2016
ISBN:
9780062443830
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Description

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:
Released:
Mar 22, 2016
ISBN:
9780062443830
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novels The Nest and Good Company. The Nest was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s pick and named one of the best books of 2016 by People, the Washington Post, NPR, Amazon and others. Sweeney’s work has been translated into more than 28 languages. She has been a guest on Today, Late Night with Seth Meyers and NPR’s All Things Considered. The Nest has been optioned by AMC Studios and is in development as a limited series. Sweeney holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives in Los Angeles with her family. 



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  • (2/5)
    Not my kind of story. Only one minor character likable and the story felt episodic.
  • (3/5)
    I am glad I read this after the hype had quieted, it was a good read, excellent character development (with a few exceptions), but nothing earth shattering in terms of a memorable read.
  • (1/5)
    Cannot connect with characters
  • (3/5)
    Four odd siblings squabble over their inheritance that their mother spent to buy off the victim of a car accident that was caused by her second oldest, ne-er-do-well son.
  • (4/5)
    The perfect book to read on summer vacation. I connected with the dysfunctional family and found some parts so witty, I laughed aloud. I generally don't like quick, predictable books, but this had more which appealed to me. The many POVs made the writing interesting and catching small things the author was able to weave into the storyline (The Gift of the Magi nod) made me smile. Although it didn't move quickly, I couldn't put it down. I'll be recommending this book all summer.
  • (3/5)
    An interesting premise of how familial relationships change because of money, how expectations change people's choices, how people adjust when expectations are completely blown up.

    To these siblings, losing "The Nest" egg was very similar to the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.