My reading has been far from multicultural lately. Brits and white North Americans seem to be dominating. This is a situation I usually try to avoid, but when a novel about a dysfunctional family comes my way I have a hard time turning away. Enter The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.
And the Plumb family is definitely dysfunctional. The four siblings have had to wait until the youngest turns forty for their inheritance. But that has not stopped them from spending it. All are caught up in financial and familial turmoil that a large lump sum of money could potentially resolve. But life is never that simple, is it? Oldest brother Leo does something (but what?) that means the windfall will not be going to his siblings. At least not as much as they had initially anticipated and built their lives around.
My only complaint about the book, which i loved, was the ending. Everything is wrapped up a little to neatly for me. They don’t get the money, but everyone lives happily ever after, or at least comes to terms with their state of affairs.
Who will like this book? If you like dysfunctional families as I clearly do, then The Nest will be a winner for you. It fulfills Tolstoy’s adage that each family is unhappy in it’s own way. There’s lots of lies and deceit and the kind of scandal that rocks life in suburbia. Oh, and Amy Poehler is blurbed on the cover, so you know it’s good.
This looks perfect for my current post-virus addled state when concentration seems to be at a premium!
I’m starting this today – and am such a sucker for dysfunctional families! Glad you mostly enjoyed it!
I think you’ll like it too.
I need to read this one nooooooooooooooooooooooooow. Thanks for the heads up on the tidy ending though! Seems incongruous somehow, when dealing with so much dysfunction for everything to just work out.
I’m looking forward to picking this one up because I, too, enjoy stories of dysfunctional families. I’ve heard great things about it and am glad that it’s getting even more positive reviews!
I’ve had my eye on this one for ages – I like stories about families as well.
Why do we all like dysfunctional families so much.
To reassure ourselves that there’s one worse than our own? 😉
I can’t wait to read this book. It just arrived in our store yesterday and we were getting very excited over it.
This sounds excellent, but I’m sorry to hear the ending was a let-down!
I’m the same way- love me some dysfunctional family! I agree- I liked this but felt like ending was a bit flat.