Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

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Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nest, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and optioned for film by Amazon Studios with Sweeney writing the adaptation. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.


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Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney First of all, nice name! I think parents owe their children many things: love, support, shelter, food, education -- but not money and certainly not an…moreFirst of all, nice name! I think parents owe their children many things: love, support, shelter, food, education -- but not money and certainly not an inheritance. When I was growing up my parents always told us that when they died and we didn't inherit any money (because there wouldn't be any!) that we should take out all the photo albums of all the trips we took over the years and know THAT was our inheritance. Happily my parents are still alive and healthy but I'd much rather have those memories than a check. I grew up in a solidly middle-class environment and the idea of an "inheritance" or "trust fund" was something I thought happened only books or movies. Then I moved to New York City and discovered it was a real thing! I don't think most people in the US do inherit money. I guess if you're lucky enough to have money to help make your children's lives easier and you want to, that's great. But, no -- I don't think it's part of your responsibility as a parent. (less)
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney You don't have to do anything yet, except read as much as you can. Take writing classes if you want, but I think it's even more important to use your …moreYou don't have to do anything yet, except read as much as you can. Take writing classes if you want, but I think it's even more important to use your time in college to explore everything you're interested in. Be curious and pay attention. Travel if you can. An interesting life will lead to an interesting book. (less)
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The Nest

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Cynthia Sweeney answered Diana Gonimah's question: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Hi, Diana,
Yes! I am writing the final pages of my new book right now. It's called GOOD COMPANY and will be out next May. I hope you like it, and thanks for the kind words.
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Hi, Jane,
I haven't been through the scenario in my book, although I have many friends who have and some of their experiences inspired me. While on book tour, I had many, many people come up to me and talk about their experiences with executorships a See Full Answer
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“She was so much better at being alone; being alone came more naturally to her. She led a life of deliberate solitude, and if occasional loneliness crept in, she knew how to work her way out of that particular divot. Or even better, how to sink in and absorb its particular comforts.”
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“She supposed she could Google, but she preferred to wonder.”
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“Parents are temporary custodians, keeping watch and offering love and trying to leave the child better than they found him.”
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