THE NEST by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

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This is the story of four siblings who stand to inherit an enormous trust fund when the youngest, Melanie, turns 40 years old. Of course, nothing goes as planned in this dysfunctional family tale of first world problems.

The Plumb patriarch didn’t believe in giving handouts to his kids, he wanted them to stand on their own feet. So he put aside a small amount of money for each of them, but he passed away and his money manager managed to grow the fund into millions of dollars. The Plumb mom, an odd duck to be sure, had control over the fund prior to inheritance. Shortly before the important 40th birthday, the eldest sibling is in a horrible car accident with a waitress – in a compromising position – a waitress who is not his wife. The mom decides to use the nest, as the kids call their trust fund, to pay his medical bills and more importantly, pay off the waitress and help settle his divorce.

The siblings are outraged when they find out their inheritance is but a paltry couple of hundred thousand dollars. They all have been living their lives depending on inheriting a great deal more, so they need to figure out how to live without it.

At times charming, but more often annoying, this was written in the vein of the much better This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. If dysfunctional family fun is your thing, you’ll love this book.

4/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE NEST by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Ecco (March 22, 2016).  ISBN 978-0062414212. 368p.


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