Review: The Nest (Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney)

Genre: General Fiction

Rating: ★★★★


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.

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.


This was such a beautiful book. A wonderful story of what money does to families, how it can break siblings apart and shatter dreams. How sometimes the person you love and have grown up together for so long could betray you and leave you in disarray. 

This is a very realistic story in the sense that it does happen among real families. So many families have been torn apart by money and sibling rivalry/betrayal. The relationship between Leo and Jack is so prominent that I know so many people like that.

And that how sometimes leaving is the only way to make things better and allow other people to heal.

I had some minor issues with the plot and multiple POVs. Just as I was about to become invested in one person’s story, the chapter ends and we’re in a different POV. I would have preferred if the author had kept a few main POVs only.

My favourite character was Stephanie. Strong yet soft, so independent yet so willing to do something for someone she loves. She is a wonderful character and I wish I could meet her.

Overall, a recommended read by me if you want to read stories of how even grown ups can screw things up. 


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