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 afterno...more
The Nest is about the Plumb siblings, four middle-agers whose lives are th ...more
each dysfunctional family is dysfunctional in its own way...
the only word to describe this book is "breezy." and that's not to imply it is "unchallenging" or "unsophisticated," just that reading it is a truly pleasurable experience and it both carries you away and sucks you in until you look up and it's four in the morning and you've forgotten to eat dinner and you don't even care.
it's a multiple POV novel revolving around ...more
I really hesitated in reading this book because the blurb didn't appeal to me. I wasn't enthused about reading about these four siblings who are just sitting waiting for their inheritance. I decided to give it a go because if the ratings- really wish I didn't.
I didn't feel anything for these ch ...more
He hesitated. Above him, an ear-splitting screech. He looked up to see three enormous crows, perched on the bare branches of one of the few trees that had already dropped its leaves. They were all squawking at once, as if they were arguing about his next move. Directly beneath, in the midst of the stark and barren branches and at the base of a forked limb, a mud-brown leafy mass. A nest. Jesus.When Leo Plumb, 46, and very unhappily married, enjoying t ...more
Leo checked the time and started walking.
I went into it with low expectations. A family full of greedy people, arguing over their fair share? Sounded awful. I pictured loud arguments a ...more
The writing flowed well but the story consisted of too much whining, selfish, and shallow characters. It actually started to get better at page 300 but by that point I was ticked off having invested 5 days with these unlikeable characters. I did not feel any emotio ...more
might have consequences and be embarrassing...
such as what happened in the book "For the Love of Money", by Christopher Meades,
but a 46 year old married man who has been avoiding his wife, who was barely
speaking to him....( and who could blame her ...after catching Leo fondling the babysitter weeks earlier?), is beyond embarrassing and beyond a slap on the face from his wife Victoria. Many people in this novel will s ...more
I had my ups and downs with THE NEST. While the writing is fine and the prologue gets the reader off to a hell of a start, this story about a dysfunctional family and their individual personal reasons to procure funds from a promised trust turned out to be a slow and tedious read that just kind of fell flat (for me) all the way to the non-eventful end.
During the first half of the novel, we are slowly introduced to family members (and other players) that (for me) was almost like reading...more
Leo, Beatrice, Jack, and Melody Plumb are four siblings whose relationships with each other are, to put it mildly, strained and complex. They've spent much of their adult lives waiting for one pivotal moment: the day the youngest, Melody, turns 40, so they can take possession of "The Nest," a joint trust fund their father set up when they were younger. Melody and Jack, in ...more
DNF, no review, no rating-just my thoughts.
"The Nest" is a trust fund, promised as a reward whenever the youngest of the four siblings turns forty. Each of the "children" expects to receive $500,000. That's a nice sum of money; enough for a college tuition or two, or perhaps a chance to pay off some risky investments that headed south. They've all been waiting, counting the days until they can relax, breathe freely and have their debts wiped away. So it's really t ...more
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In additional to the 4 siblings and their parents, there are interesting side characters that come into play to help reveal the true characters of the main players. While many of the main characters were weak, dishonest or just plain unlikeable, I could in so ...more
The Nest is about a group of trust fund children who have grown up depending on the money they will receive on the youngest's 40th birthday, but these plans are complicated when the oldest son royally screws up and their funds are dramatically drained to cover his folly.
The true synopsis o ...more
If only someone had said this to the Plumb siblings in Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney’s entertaining first novel, The Nest, the characters would have been spared a lot of anxiety and humiliation.
But then again, if they had heeded this advice, this highly readable book wouldn’t have been so gripping or cathartic.
“The Nest” refers to the modest nest egg provided by the patriarch of the Plumb family, to be dispersed to the children when the youngest, Melody, tu ...more
I find myself really enjoying mini-sagas dealing with the relationships between groups of characters. It almost feels like I' ...more
Of course as in real life not just good things did happen. By the end I think everyone had adjusted to their lot and the family had drawn closer.
This was an absorbing and interesting read and I would recommend i ...more
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.It is truly one of the most outstanding debut novels in ...more
Then Leo, the oldest brother, crashes his car while receiving a handy from a 19-year-old cocktail waitress and the Plumb matriarch uses 80% of the Nest to swee ...more
'... it was never about the money. Except that it wa ...more
Leo, the oldest brother, makes a really bad decision to get behind the wheel intoxicated and has a terrible car accident and ends up in rehab. The cost of this is paid for out of the "nest" which is the siblings trust fund that they don't receive until the youngest one turns 40 ...more
When Melody, the youngest, was sixteen Le ...more
I became interested in this book when so many of my GR friends began posting reviews for it. So, although it didn’t sound like a book I would typically go out of my way to read, I decided to check it out of the library.
In the beginning, I was unsure about the story, watching in shock and horror as the four Plumb siblings proceed to jockey for position, and work every angle imaginable to make sure they received their share of the “The ...more