The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

The Nest

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 ...


Details The Nest

TitleThe Nest
ISBN9780062414212
Author
Release DateMar 22nd, 2016
PublisherEcco
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages368 pages
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Adult, Audiobook
Rating

Reviews The Nest

  • Navidad Thelamour
    2016-04-03
    The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney did absolutely nothing for me. (I clearly seem to be of the minority here, but I’m fine with that.) I had high hopes for this one going in—another brilliantly written cover flap did the trick—but my expectations were never met, and by mid-way, I stopped hoping and assuming that they eventually would be. In fact, this one almost didn’t get finished; sheer perseverance pushed me through. The Nest is abo...
  • karen
    2015-12-03
    congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best fiction category 2016! 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...
  • Diane S ☔
    2016-04-07
    2.5 Once again my reception of this book will have me swimming upstream from most of my friends on this site whom have already read this book and loved it.. I have given it three stars for the writing alone but the characters and the story I did not care for. Self absorbed, unlikable, selfish is how I found these four siblings. I occasionally felt a slight interest in Bea, but not for long. Too many side characters, which occasioned constant brea...
  • Cindy
    2016-01-20
    If I had to describe this book in one word it would be "shallow". There was no depth to the characters, the plot, the problem the characters faced- just pure surface level, mind-numbing, shallow reading. 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 ...
  • Will Byrnes
    2015-08-11
    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. Leo checked the time and started walking. When Leo P...
  • Debbie
    2015-12-12
    Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Usually I’m the curmudgeon who doesn’t like a book that everyone else is cuckoo over. I usually have a complaint board full to the gills. I spend a lot of time ducking and feeling like a weirdo. This time, I’ll be damned. I really liked The Nest! In fact, this book grabbed me and didn’t let me go until the end.I went into it with low expectations. A family full of greedy people, arguing over th...
  • Jen
    2016-03-25
    I think the Nest 'egg' was more of a goose egg. A dysfunctional family relying on an inheritance that has been depleted by a brother who was in an accident. The dynamics of siblings, greed, entitlement and downright spoiled adult kids.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 thes...
  • Elyse
    2015-12-02
    A teen boy getting caught with his pants down, by the girls religious father, 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 h...
  • Stephanie
    2016-12-04
    3.5 stars rounded down... Compelling story of a dysfunctional upper middle-class family ... with 4 siblings fighting for a piece of the nest egg....I am late to the party on this one! Anyone considering this book will see that the ratings and reviews for The Nest are all over the spectrum! Nevertheless, it is a GRCA finalist for 2016! Due to the polarized ratings, I was prepared to not like it at all and was pleasantly surprised to be swept away ...
  • Karen
    2015-11-30
    This was a great read about four adult siblings all awaiting their share of the NEST (inheritance from their father). They aren't really involved in each other's life but as things don't pan out as expected, they come to appreciate each other and become close. There are also many other stories within the main story that really give depth to this novel. It had a lot of humor and compassion and was a joy to read.
  • Carol
    2016-11-12
    2.5 Stars.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 ot...
  • Larry Hoffer
    2016-03-24
    What is it about family dysfunction that makes it so upsetting and unappealing to experience, yet so compelling to read about?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 ...
  • Melki
    2015-12-09
    How had they raised children who were so impractical yet still so entitled?"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...
  • Ron Charles
    2015-11-02
    Baby boomers are expected to play their part by succumbing to the looming wave of death — the Greatest Degeneration — and bequeathing some $16 trillion to their children over the next three decades. For princes and princesses of American aristocracy, these bittersweet transactions hold little suspense. But for upper-middle-class Americans balancing mortgage payments, tuition bills and retirement plans on a brittle tower of monthly paychecks, ...
  • Tina
    2016-04-12
    Reading "The Nest" reminded me a lot of the experience I had with Lauren Groff's "Fates and Furies." Mainly just very perplexed. I don't understand all the hype and praise around this book but, like "Fates and Furies," I stuck with it in hope of some kind of redeeming ending that never came. I listened to the book on audio and maybe that made a difference, but I didn't find the characters or writing comic at all. Centered around the four Plumb si...
  • Dianne
    2015-11-30
    I really enjoyed this dysfunctional family drama. Siblings counting on a promised family inheritance, called "The Nest," come unglued when it is revealed that the trust fund money has been depeleted to bail out their feckless older brother. 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,...
  • Britany
    2016-05-27
    A much anticipated debut novel that I couldn't wait to get my hands on. This book follows four wealthy siblings fighting over "The Nest"-- an account with a significant amount of money to be split amongst them once the youngest turned 40. Right before this happens, Leo- the oldest and least responsible gets in an accident that rocks The Nest and the siblings' relationship.I find myself really enjoying mini-sagas dealing with the relationships bet...
  • Glenn Sumi
    2016-05-06
    “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”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 fam...
  • Tooter
    2016-03-27
    I LOVED THIS BOOK! Definitely on my top 10 best books ever.
  • Phrynne
    2016-12-27
    My first by this author and I enjoyed it very much. I became totally engrossed in the Plumb family and their partners. It was interesting how even the less important characters like Walker were still totally fleshed out and were charming enough that I wanted good things to happen to them.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 abso...
  • Emily Fox
    2017-02-19
    Character driven contemporary. It wasn't memorable but not bad!
  • Ragan
    2016-01-06
    Though I am not the most well versed in adult contemporary, I knew from the first sentence of this book I would not be impressed. Though this book wasn't terrible, it certainly did not come close to wowing me.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 dramatical...
  • Zoeytron
    2016-03-27
    With almost 4000 reviews already posted for The Nest, I'm not going to have too many more feathers to add. A nest egg, set up by the Plumb family's father, is not meant to be hatched until the youngest of the brood turns 40. They are all chomping at the bit, resentful at having to wait that long in the first place for what is owed to them, by the gods! Projecting a feeling of entitlement is not very attractive, not here, and not anywhere else. '....
  • Pouting Always
    2017-01-06
    The Nest centers around four adult siblings fighting over an inheritance that has been spent after one of them is involved in an accident. I can see why people may be disappointed with this book, the characters all have multiple flaws but for me that made the book more interesting. I enjoy having characters that make me feel conflicted. The writing was excellent also. There were way too many characters and I felt that the ending was anti climatic...
  • Jessica
    2015-08-30
    The four adult Plumb siblings have spent their whole lives waiting to receive the money from a trust fund, which will hit the day the youngest of them turns 40. Smart investing has caused the fund to balloon past their expectations and they’ve each, in their own way, remained in a bit of arrested development while waiting for their money. Then Leo, the oldest brother, crashes his car while receiving a handy from a 19-year-old cocktail waitress ...
  • Margitte
    2016-07-03
    From the blurb: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...
  • DeB MaRtEnS
    2016-02-03
    They knew, unconsciously, where their parents' investments really were. The father's was in work, the success, the financial reward of a job exceptionally well done. Leonard Plumb's old family money had been squandered when he needed an education, but his ingenuity led him to build a thriving business. Their mother, a bit of a mean woman, was primarily enamoured of herself although she found Leo the least irritating and most amiable of her four c...
  • Peter Boyle
    2016-12-04
    "Money—and the entitlement that often accompanied just the idea of money—could warp relationships and memories and decisions." I must be one of the last people on Goodreads to get around to The Nest. My timeline has been filled with praise for it all year round. Well I can certainly see why it's so popular - I mean, who doesn't love a juicy dysfunctional family story?And they don't come much more dysfunctional than the Plumbs. Borne from weal...
  • Amanda
    2016-08-11
    I don't often like the big "summer" novels but I loved this addictive story of the dysfunctional Plumb siblings. The characters are not always likeable they are mostly self absorbed but I couldn't stop caring about them. 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 t...
  • Ginger
    2017-03-23
    *sigh* I finally finished it.I typically like a good family drama book and The Nest had potential with a trust fund being depleted by a sibling's selfish acts and the rest of the siblings depending on it because of financial incompetence. The writing was decent and because of that, I’ll bump up my rating to 2 stars. I just didn’t care for this book and it fell short for me.The Nest is more of a character study surrounding four siblings who ar...