Meet the spectacularly dysfunctional Plumb family. When Leo, the charming but wastrel eldest son, endangers his siblings’ chances of inheriting their share of the family trust (the titular “Nest” in question), all hell breaks loose. Because $2 million is a lot of money, even when split four ways. And the other Plumb children (artistic Bea, floundering Jack, and maternal Melody) were counting on that money to assuage some moderate-to-severe financial pains. Which wouldn’t be so bad, except no one – especially not Leo – has a plan B.
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney has accomplished quite a feat, especially for a debut author: she has a way of taking unlikeable characters and making them sympathetic; even Leo, the persistent screw-up, finds a way into your heart by the end. I especially enjoyed the surprising side stories that Sweeney weaves throughout the main plot, taking her characters in a variety of directions but maintaining a coherency to the story as a whole. In many ways it reminded me of Carol Rifka Brunt’s 2012 hit Tell the Wolves I’m Home
, which should be next on your list if you haven’t read it already.
Now I know I’m recommending a book you may have to wait a while to get your hands on, but trust me. It’s worth the wait. The Nest
is a great summer read, with just enough emotional heft to make it a standout.