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The Nest
Author: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

ISBN: 9780008168681
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 21 March 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.0 x 3.0
Caroline Baum's Review

This is a darkly comic portrait of a dysfunctional American family coming to terms with notions of disappearing savings and expectations of an inheritance known as The Nest.

At the centre of this social comedy is Leo Plumb, the charismatic older brother fresh out of rehab after a car crash involving a nineteen year old waitress. Yep, he's having a mid-life crisis alright. Leo's accident threatens the Nest, a joint trust fund that his siblings are counting on to rescue them from their own self-inflicted mistakes, from too large mortgages to writer's block. The crisis forces them to come together and take stock of their shortcomings.

It's familiar terrain, but no less juicy for that. The big themes here are family, responsibility, ambition, personal failings and entitlement - more specifically, the paralysis induced by knowing there is a pile of money that you can fall back on if all else fails.

Sweeney, who started writing in her mid-forties and got a million dollar advance for this, her debut novel, juggles her wide cast of flawed characters with a very light deft touch. She ...

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