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The Nest

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives. 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 reimagine 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

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives. 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 reimagine 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
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives. 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 reimagine 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

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mia Barron

Length:

11h 7m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

12:31


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

51:14


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

08:08


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

12:55


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

21:48


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

08:16


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

23:49


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

09:12


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

23:22


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

19:29


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

22:31


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

13:34


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

18:52


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

13:55


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

09:50


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

08:06


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

25:11


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

17:34


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

14:04


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

08:10


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

19:10


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

14:08


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

20:43


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

19:34


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

09:08


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

02:40


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

05:28


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

08:59


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

14:44


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

19:30


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

01:44


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

36:35


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

12:25


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

08:47


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

03:52


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

06:21


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

12:16


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

08:04


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

09:18


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

13:42


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

13:48


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

09:27


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

09:33


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

03:58


Part 3, Chapter 44
Part 3, Chapter 44

09:22


Part 3, Chapter 45
Part 3, Chapter 45

20:07


Part 3, Chapter 46
Part 3, Chapter 46

10:42


Part 3, Chapter 47
Part 3, Chapter 47

00:46