By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780062414212, March 2016, 368pp.
The Short of It:
One sibling’s poor decision ends up jeopardizing the nest egg that his other siblings have come to rely on.
The Rest of It:
Family secrets and money. The two seem to go hand in hand and that is most definitely the case here. The Plumb family is dysfunctional but also somewhat typical in that they all have their own unique issues to deal with.
When Leo’s drunk driving results in the injury of a young woman, a woman who is not his wife, the nest egg that all of this siblings expected to receive when the youngest turned forty, is instead used to keep things quiet. This upsets them and they react to the news in different ways.Threatened by their predicament, they turn towards each other for support.
This was a pretty good read. At first, it felt a little superficial but it quickly turned into something much more complex. Whenever people are thrown into a difficult situation, how they recover and what they do next says a lot about them. These siblings are forced to “make it work” and although there is worry and stress and plenty of resentment, there is also a family bond that can’t be ignored.
Overall, a very good read.
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15 thoughts on “Review: The Nest”
This sounds nice and juicy!
I think you would like this one!
I enjoyed this one, too!
Leo was an interesting character. Charismatic but kind of a wretch 😉
I bought this one on a whim and now I’m glad that I did. Sounds like a story I will definitely enjoy. You make it sound so good! Great post, Ti 🙂
You will enjoy it. It takes a little bit of time to get into the meat of it but I thought it was pretty well-written and interesting how this one event affects the entire family in different ways.
I’ve seen this one around but not sure if it’s my cup of tea.
I’m glad you enjoyed it; whenever friends whose opinion I trust like a book, it makes me even more excited to get to it (eventually).
I loved this book!
SO good to see you posting. I hope you are doing well today. And… dare I ask? Are you reading anything good? No pressure.
Ooh yeah – I can’t wait to get to this one! I’m currently reading The Fireman, and you were right: it is a fun read! Yet another one of your recommendation that I love 🙂 Thank you ❤
You’ll be surprised at how fast The Fireman reads, too. I am in the final pages of After the Parade. Probably one of my faves for the year. A very quiet read about relationships, family, etc.
Oh this does sound good! I always like it when books deal with complex sibling relationships, and it sounds like the drunk driving incident complexifies evvvvverything. 😀
Oh yes. And the best part is that this brother is liked by everyone. He is this charming guy and even with all of his faults he gets away with a lot. A very interesting family dynamic in this one.
Sounds like a good book club choice.