The Nest

The Nest

Large Print - 2016
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It is 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. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point after an ensuing accident endangers the Plumbs' joint trust fund, which they are months away from finally receiving. The Plumb siblings have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems. 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. 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.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062441652
Characteristics: xi, 492 pages ;,23 cm.

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LBJ
Mar 12, 2020

It was an Ok read. Not sure why there was so much hype was about it.

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Timothy_6
Jan 18, 2020

This book was well-written, without a doubt, however there lies many problems pertaining to character development and the plot itself. Each character has very little time to reveal their true colours to the reader, as evident in how abrupt each chapter transitions (from one character to the next, and we do not hear from him/her for at least 2-5 chapters). The plot seems to be underdeveloped, which could have been better handled if the book were split into a series of two.

Overall, the author is truly capable in conveying the main theme of the story—greed over a large sum of inheritance among the four Plumb siblings, causing discordance in their personal lives—and does so in an intoxicating manner, never failing to enthral the audience and make up for what she lacks.

neyoscribbles Jan 14, 2020

I do not understand why this book is on so many lists. It is a story about four super privileged siblings all living their life anticipating the day they will have access to their family trust fund – the nest. Except, there is a problem with their inheritance (I won’t spoil it.) But, it is annoying that the siblings do not really care for each other, rather they are bound to each other by their mutual interest in the fund. There are too many underdeveloped characters, subplots and frankly, the middle portion of the book is a snooze fest – not sure what all the hype was about?!

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Bookthia
Nov 27, 2019

This is a story about 4 siblings, the Plumbs, who think they are getting a big inheritance (known as The Nest) when the youngest sibling turns 40. Except that a few months before the payout the money gets used to bail the oldest sibling, Leo, out of a legal situation when he's in a car accident and his negligence results in a serious injury to another person. The Plumb family is dysfunctional and distant. I didn't love them. I didn't even like them. They were selfish and entitled and living beyond their means. They treated each other with an odd combination of gullibility and suspicion. And each of them, except for Leo, had likeable parts of them. But mostly they were people I would not have anything to do with in real life. This is a story about how money causes problems, and for the Plumb siblings, money was certainly the root of dishonesty and deception and morally questionable decisions. They were the architects of their own problems but to their credit, they did seem like better people at the end of the story than they were at the beginning.

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Cindymeds
Aug 31, 2019

Although the characters were sometimes deplorable, the ending was very good and made this book worth reading.

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Lucky1920
May 17, 2019

Stopped reading after about 50 pages. No interest or enjoyment in family drama about such over-indulged adults who make exceedingly poor decisions. The explicit sexual scenes and language right out of the box continued. I wanted to wash my brain. Stopped to discontinue the negative experience.

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iloveseaotters
Mar 07, 2019

I hate books that are so boring that it takes me days to even get past the first chapter. Case in point, the characters presented here are so shallow that I wanted to smack them. Didn't care for this at all.

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Alyssa_RR
Feb 13, 2019

This is a family drama, gossip mixed with suspense. It was interesting. Didn't think i'd like it but good.

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kaylee_schipani
Feb 12, 2019

I tried my best to get into this book but unfortunately couldn't make it past page 100. The beginning grabs your interest and then all of the characters turn against the only interesting one so it turned into a big nag fest...maybe I'll try to pick it up again and see if the plot gets more interesting.

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Havanacat
Jan 25, 2019

People. Anyone with siblings will appreciate the dynamics at play in this novel.

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