The Nest - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

The Nest

By Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

  • Release Date: 2016-03-22
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4
From 1,795 Ratings


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 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.

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, Cynthia D'Aprix 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.


  • The Nest

    By Snooks46
    A complex and compelling story about the complicated relationship of family.
  • Good book

    By lady bird 10
    Good book
  • Great read!

    By Teemetwo
    I throughly enjoyed this book. Great story, good character development, and it wrapped up nicely in the end.
  • The nest

    By Jennifer518
    I'm a fairly particular reader. This was a good read. It held my attention, gave great insight into its characters, and ended well.
  • Refreshes

    By Nelly's99
    Happy Juan inland guyhl Happy ones and i
  • A waste of time

    By Hoda A.M.
    Whiney characters, unrealistic reactions to bad situations, typical druggie-brother-causes-tensions-in-the-family BS storyline. I can just see this being turned into a really bad movie with an all-star cast. Watch some episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 on mute and imagine they're in NY, now you've read this book.
  • The Nest

    By CRReader
    I didn't like the book. It was a flatline. I wouldn't recommend it.
  • Decent read

    By Pickles 7
    First book I have ever read from this author. The book was an okay read. I think I finished more out of necessity then true drive. It's a decent read.
  • Ehh

    By Wannabe great runner
    I wasn't into this book, yes everything came together in the end and you wanted a good ending. I thought there could be more. More drama, more intrigue, more about why Leo did the things he did.
  • would be good on screen

    By Toni FGMAMTC
    The description of this book includes the word funny which I didn't find. Really it's just a life story. Siblings are supposed to inherit a bunch of money. One has drug and legal fees that affect them all. Then the story reveals over time how they're all pretty flawed and how everyone is going to be okay in the end. All of the characters are struggling with some kind of issue. There are problems in jobs, money, attitudes and every area. The siblings are the causes of their own unhappiness and have some growing up to do. The family has it's dysfunction, lows and highs. I wasn't crazy about any of the siblings, but they seemed to have likable romantic partners and offspring for the most part. Overall, I liked it, but didn't love it. Reading this book didn't inspire any major feelings in me, but I can see how it would make an interesting tv show.