Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book Review - The Nest

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is quite a family tale. Lots of dysfunction, but well drawn characters and entertaining lines. You want to wring our bad boy Leo’s neck, and yet he can be so endearing.

Here’s a bit from the Prologue -  As the rest of the guests wandered the deck of the beach club under an early evening midsummer sky, taking pinched appraising sips of their cocktails to gauge if the bartender was using the top-shelf stuff and balancing tiny crab cakes on paper napkins while saying appropriate things…….(fill in more description that is superb)….and here’s the kicker line –
Leo Plumb left his cousin’s wedding with one of the waitresses.

Uh-oh. Let’s just say that Leo is charming, gorgeous, spoiled trouble. He’s the baby of the family, been catered to  and forgiven his whole life. What could go wrong?

Leap forward to find Leo being released from rehab.  The siblings – Melody, Beatrice, and Jack – have called a meeting to discuss the predicament caused by Leo. See, everyone was counting on the nest egg that’s been accumulating. We learn everyone’s problems and debts in some back story. Now it’s simmered and stewed and their mother used the nest egg to save Leo – send him to rehab. Now what? Did they have a choice? Did they want their brother to live, get saved…well, yeah…but NOT with “their” money.

Cover blurb - The Nest is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend on one another, and the ways we let one another down.
Money can sure mess up a good or bad thing. The author captures family dynamics perfectly, especially siblings – love, hate, frustration, and that undying tie to blood.  I really enjoyed this book and felt as if I knew these people through the author’s prose.  This is a debut novel and I am jealous. Kudos to Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney for leaving The Nest for us to read.


10 comments:

  1. That's always a shame when money tears apart a family. It brings out the selfishness in people.

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    1. but perfect fodder for an entertaining book

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  2. This sounds good. I've heard many times that money is one of the biggest causes of trouble in marriages. I'm sure it can cause the same kind of conflict among siblings.

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    1. It's a good read. And yes, I know some friends with sibling $$$ inheritance issues. It gets messy

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  3. Sounds like a good book Joanne, Great review.

    Yvonne.

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  4. Money sure can bring out the worst. A debut win sure is grand too.

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    1. money doesn't always buy happiness or make the world go round - a lesson learned by good writing in this book.

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  5. This book seems interesting, all about love , family ,relation and friendship. I haven't read this. but it make me eager to read..I am crazy for book True-money can't buy all happiness.
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