THE NEST, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, is the first book in a long time that grabbed me immediately!! Witty and fun, full of characters that resonate with today’s issues, THE NEST is your next read!
” 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 Plumb’s joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are but months away from finally receiving. Meant by their now-deceased father to be a modest midlife 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. “
The above is the blurb on the back of the book. It’s a good premise. But I will say when I read the words “dysfunctional family” I cringed. Too many books of this nature already exist, and many of them this season alone. In its defense, I must say this novel is stellar. It is much more than a dysfunctional family. There is so much meat in this story. And I loved the characters. Even though they were not always lovable.
Anytime you have a bunch of siblings you’re bound to have issues. In this case the first problem is that their father ruled that their inheritances would only be available when the youngest child turned forty. Yes, already a new perspective. So they are all on tender hooks as the youngest child approaches forty. Each of these adult children have pressing problems that need immediate attention. And that attention all depends on money. Money- in a big way.
As I watched the story unfold I felt closer and closer to each of these people. One is struggling to give her daughters the best education money can buy, so she needs her inheritance. Jack is struggling to keep a secret from his partner; one that could rend them apart: of course, money would make it all better. And Bea is just trying to write again. But why hasn’t she been able to? Then there’s Leo, the problem child, who has acted inappropriately and all but destroyed his own life and the lives of many others.
Sweeney paints a portrait of this family in telling prose that kept me reading raptly until I finally closed the book in satisfaction, a smile on my face. That’s not something that happens all that often. I loved this book.
With blurbs from Elizabeth Gilbert and Matthew Thomas and Amy Poehler, you have to consider reading this book. It’s that good! Plus, Sweeney is laugh -out -loud hilarious.
I received this book from Ecco, a division of Harper Collins. I can’t thank them enough.