The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Genre: General Fiction
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
What It’s About
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.
I had read some mixed reviews about this, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it was on sale on iBooks during Boxing Day, so I decided to give it a shot. Glad I did, cause I was pleasantly surprised.
The story begins with Leo sneaking away from a wedding with a hot young waitress. He then gets into an accident which jeopardizes his siblings’ inheritance called ‘The Nest’. That’s when we’re introduced to the rest of the plumb siblings: Jack, Melody & Bea (Beatrice).
Each sibling has their own financial problem and secret they’re hiding from their spouse, and need that money..fast!
The book centres around the wealthy and dysfunctional Plumb family. All 4 siblings are spoiled and have some sort of drama in their lives which involve either lying or cheating.
I loved how each character, even the ones outside the family circle were somehow connected. Each person had their own story which kept things interesting. However, because there was so much going on, I found it hard to really connect with any of the characters at first. It was a bit predictable where Leo was concerned, but there were some events that took place that I didn’t see coming. In the end, everything works out which is what I wanted to see.