When black sheep Leo has a costly car accident, the Plumb siblings’ much-anticipated inheritance is suddenly wiped out. His brother and sisters come together and form a plan to get back what is owed them – each grappling with their own financial and emotional turmoil from the fallout. As ‘the nest’ fades further from view, they must decide whether they will build their lives anew, or fight to regain the futures they had planned . . .
Ferociously astute, warm and funny, The Nest is a brilliant debut chronicling the hilarity and savagery of family life.
About the author
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. She has an MFA from Bennington.
‘Relentlessly entertaining’ GUARDIAN
‘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’ AMY POEHLER
‘A masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale…Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is a real talent, and I am incredibly impressed by this book’ ELIZABETH GILBERT
‘Breezy, light-footed debut . . . plenty of tart observations to savour in this enjoyable tale of flawed, self-absorbed characters trying to find their way in a newly uncertain world’ DAILY MAIL
‘[A] generous, absorbing novel … a wise, affectionate study of how expectations play out in our lives … A fetching debut from an author who knows her city, its people, and their hearts’ KIRKUS REVIEWS
‘A wry look at the importance of money in our lives … D’Aprix Sweeney’s characters might be imperfect and desperate, but it’s their desperation that makes them likeable’ STYLIST
‘Darkly funny’ HEAT
‘A wise, funny, compassionate family drama, full of irresistible surprises, witty conversations, and necessary emotional truths’ JAMI ATTENBERG, author of The Middlesteins
‘This dysfunctional family novel has best-seller potential written all over it. You’ll find it’s certainly every bit as entertaining as a movie, too, and impossibly witty to boot’ ELLE, 16 Novels by Women Everyone Will Be Talking About In 2016
‘Humor and delightful irony abound in this lively first novel’ NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
‘A comedy of filial greed and affection … Sweeney knows these people well, and she captures them in short scenes that glow with the confidence of an experienced comic writer. For all the acerbic humor that Sweeney wrings from this family’s self-absorption, she maintains a refreshing balance of tenderness … HBO, if you’re not considering a TV version, why not?’ WASHINGTON POST
‘Glorious’ KIRKUS REVIEWS