Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Nest-A Book Review






Overview from Barnes and Nobel: 
Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.
Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to re-imagine the futures they've envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.
This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

So much of this story reminded me of a family I once knew! It shows how people can pin all of their dreams on a future wind-fall which never materializes. I couldn't like any of these characters in the beginning of the story. But I found they reminded me of a bad car wreck. The one that wasn't good to look at but you just can't tear your eyes away from. You all know what I am talking about. Then once the promised money, "the nest" is gone they become much more likable. I was happy with the ending! I enjoyed the story. I give it a solid 3. Maybe even 3 1/2 ***! 

16 comments:

  1. I heard about this one. I'm glad the characters got more likable. From what I heard, they were pretty terrible.

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    1. In the beginning they were. Reminded me of people I know!!

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  2. Good review; I think I need to read this, LOL. Lately, I found the worse of the story, the better it makes my life seem :)

    betty

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  3. I've heard about this book and seen the cover, which is quite lovely. Sounds like an interesting read!

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    1. The cover is quite pretty. But I read on a Nook so I don't see the cover often!

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  4. Goodness, but I didn't expect your boomerang-praise from left field! Sounds awful, but if I can't identify with one or more of the characters in the beginning, I lose interest.
    Lots on my plate right now, but I may have to give The Nest a second look.

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    1. LOL! Sometimes I work from left field!! I had places where the book drug but by the end, I enjoyed it!

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  5. At first I didn't get the hype about this book, but when I finished and the stories came together, I got it. I thought it was a greaat debut novel.

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    1. It was! I am taking your recommendation and reading in a dark, dark wood! I need something I can't put down!!

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  6. I've been thinking about reading this book. I think I might give it a try.

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    1. Yep! I love it myself. Wish I had more!! LOL

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  8. Thanks for the review- my list is growing. One of my goals this year was to read the books i already have on my overflowing double bookshelves. I keep adding to the pile though.

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