Publisher: Ecco/Harper Collins
Publication Date: 3/22/2016
My Rating: 5 Stars
THE NEST, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut is a riot- Empty nesters (boomers)-holders of "the nest, and a younger generation of four adult-siblings faced with a shocker-“empty nest trust fund.”
In a bird's nest, life's metaphor. An example of a family-- people who aren’t doing what they love, aren’t going after their dreams and are living a life of fear.
Emotional and complex, filled with dark comedy, wit and drama- a look inside today's contemporary family of adult siblings, living beyond their means. Dysfunctional behavior, money, entitlement, and disaster.
The Plumbs are four semi-estranged New York siblings. Each have their own set of life problems—from sex, careers, personal, to financial. We hear from dysfunctional Beatrice, Jack, Melody, and Leo -- their intimate lives are exposed, layer by layer.
Melody, Jack and Bea are in debt and counting on "The Nest" to solve their problems. Leo, is the selfish and narcissistic one. Melody has twins with her own set of problems—college for the twins, house poor; Jack, antiques dealer is hiding things from his partner, and Bea, novelist has her own woes with work and love.
They all have been looking forward (expected and needed)-The Nest. An inheritance with a nice sum. The time is approaching. However, the bad news—the son Leo gets himself into some trouble (an accident)—big trouble (drug-and-alcohol-sex induced car accident) which ultimately, drastically reduces the sum each will receive from The Nest, due to his misdeeds.
Does Leo plan on paying them back?
With some scandalous sex, lesbian scenes, booze, rehab, drugs, lovers, money, entitlement, and financial woes---Sweeney, wows everyone with her stunning, brutally honest, well-written, and hilarious debut. You will laugh out loud at the dramas of family, and relationships.
From misery, self-absorption, debt, real estate, parenting, relationships, college funds, expectations, trust, and betrayal—A trust fund meant to be the answer to the Plumb’s prayers, the author brings the characters to life for a close look at life, family, and relationships. What is left…who is circling like vultures?
Leo's sisters and brother are hoping that Leo can replenish the trust fund—however, selfish Leo has his own secrets with money stashed away; "sharing" is not in his plan.
Along this journey, we meet a cast of other characters in connection with the Plumb siblings. From pressure, scandal, self-destruction, mistakes, blame, to realistic expectations. Sweeney weaves each of the sibling’s stories with lots of wit, and tragedy for a book full of heart and soul. As the four come together to save their inheritance, Sweeney shows the power of family and how wealth can affect our choices and relationships.
Like baby birds, high in a tree, a bird's nest. Each is a part of a nest; family, friends, careers, choices, and relationships. Each nest has different dynamics but ultimately they will all have a very similar possible outcome. When we are all in the nest together, we rely the mama bird (parents), to provide and keep everyone happy and safe. However, when each bird flies on their own everyone fears--some try to pull you back into the nest. Some will not return, and some want the nest to be there for them, to return; when they have failed to build their own successfully.
As we reach the age of settling our parent’s estates, inheritance, emotions run high, and pretty much a given, siblings will disagree—with tensions. Family and money are two subjects which will raise tempers and get the blood pressure rising. Always a bad egg, a screw up, in the family somewhere.
Loved reading the inspiration for the novel and how a woman of 50 goes back to school to write. And wow, what a successful debut—an inspiration for other aspiring authors and writers in mid-life! There is much experience within the lines, only a writer of this age could convey.
I listened to the audio version and Mia Barron delivers an engaging and entertaining performance. While listening to the novel, walking Downtown along Clematis, through all the outdoor sidewalk cafes and bars--people enjoying brunch and cocktails---I had to smile thinking of everyone I passed, could be one of these four adult siblings.
Would make for a great movie! Cannot wait for more from this breakout author. Believe the hype- big screen worthy.