50 Book Pledge Featured Read: The Nest

The four adult Plumb siblings have never been close, but one thing ties them all together: their shared part of the Nest, the trust fund that they will all receive when the youngest Plumb turns 40. What began as a small fund started by their father to assist them with retirement has turned into a large sum of money that each Plumb has been counting on. Leo, stuck in a doomed marriage with the vain Victoria, wants something to fall back on. Jack has lied and gone behind his partner’s back and needs the Nest to pay back his debts. Bea can’t seem to finish the novel that she long ago began. Melody has two twin daughters on the way to college and two twin tuition funds looming in front of her. All it takes to change everything is a wedding, a lie, some alcohol, cocaine and a nineteen year old waitress. When Leo gets into a car accident caused by his own stupidity, their mother drains the Nest to keep everything hushed. Now the Nest is down to 10% of what the others had been counting on just two months before they finally will receive it. The Plumbs are unified for the first time in a long time by their desire to find a way to get Leo to pay back the part of the fund that was spent on him and help Jack, Bea and Melody gain back each of their visions of the future that the Nest has become an integral part of.

the nestThis week’s #50BookPledge Featured Read, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, is the witty and addicting story of the Plumb family and what ties them, and those around them, together. Full of realistically flawed characters, a completely absorbing storytelling and a lot of family drama, The Nest is the perfect book to read when you want to forget everything around you; it’s difficult not to get caught up in the world of the Plumbs. Set mainly in New York, specifically Manhattan and Brooklyn, The Nest follows not only the Plumb siblings but their friends, lovers, children, colleagues and those their actions have effected. Told in alternating perspectives, even the secondary characters draw you in. It’s difficult to believe that this is Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel: her writing style is polished and the story is both engaging and entertaining.

Set to be a Heather’s Pick, The Nest has all of us at HarperCollins excited. From the beautiful cover to the story itself, this is a book that I didn’t just read but consumed, drawn in to the story from the first page. Full of family dysfunction and greed, at the heart of the story, The Nest is really about a family coming together.

What People Are Saying About The Nest

“In her intoxicating first novel, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney has written an epic family story that unfolds in a deeply personal way. The Nest is a fast moving train and Sweeney’s writing dares us to keep up. I couldn’t stop reading or caring about the juicy and dysfunctional Plumb family.”

—AMY POEHLER, author of Yes Please

 “A masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale.”

—ELIZABETH GILBERT, author of The Signature of All Things

 The Nest ambles along so beautifully- what a pleasure to read! It’s a wise, funny compassionate family drama, full of irresistible surprises, witty conversations, and necessary emotional truth.”

—JAMIE ATTENBERG, author of The Middlesteins

 “The novel is full of gorgeous surprise and abiding humanity. The Nest is a book that will stay with you long after you read the last page, and Sweeney is the kind of writer that readers have needed for a long, long time. How happy we are that she’s here now.”

—BRET ANTHONY JOHNSON, author of Remember Me Like This

 “What’s truly impressive is the way Sweeney’s characters discover unexpected depths and earn redemption. This book keeps its blade and its heart open.”

—MATTHEW THOMAS, author of We Are Not Oursleves


The Nest is this week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read! Add it to your shelf now.


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