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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 19-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 midlife 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.
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By E. Bullock on 05-19-16
Couldn't get through it.
Insufferable. Sorry. Maybe because it's audio, but I can't keep track of characters. Leo, Bea, Melody, Jack, Walker, Walter, Norah, Francie, Victoria, Stephanie, George... I can't keep track as it goes from one person to the next super fast before I even know who is whom.
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By Wendi on 04-13-16
The Nest is a Complete Mess
After seeing 'The Nest' in every virtual advertisement online- whether it be my Facebook feed, or a news site- I thought I had better read it. Although I read some reviews that were not exactly stellar, I also read rave reviews about this family saga. I felt compelled to listen to the audio book to decide for myself.
The Nest is boring drivel about boring people- none of whom I cared about. 'The Nest' is a large inheritance which is to be divided among siblings, who've all made their own separate plans for spending their portion. The problem is, the once full nest has dwindled thanks to the mishandling of one of the siblings.
The book is about each of sibling's lives and how they intend(ed) to spend their money. (Each of them desperately needs to improve their lives)
This book is, in a word, tedious. I couldn't even remotely like any of the characters. The whining losers made my head hurt and I found myself wanting to quit listening many times. Not only that, but I had to start the book over three times because my mind wandered out of boredom. I mean, I had to *really* concentrate on listening to this book.
Don't waste your credit or money. It was a very difficult listen and I can't imagine choking through pages of this book.
Urgh. The Nest is a real stinker.
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