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April 9, 2016



When Leo Plumb drives off drunk from a party in a sports car with a nineteen-year-old waitress in tow, to the moral and legal fallout must be added the horrible inconvenience to his brother and sisters. Leo’s rehab costs have severely depleted ‘the nest’ – the family’s joint trust fund that would have cut them loose from their myriad financial issues.
For Melody, a suburban wife and mother, it was to cover both an unwieldy mortgage and her daughters’ college tuition. Antiques dealer Jack has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband. And Beatrice, a once-promising short story writer, can’t seem to finish her overdue novel.
Brought together as never before, the Plumb siblings must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, as well as finally acknowledging the choices they have made in their  own lives.
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney lives in Los Angeles. Her non-fiction essays have been published in The New York Magazine. The Nest is her first novel. This is a novel with problems for the Plumb family.  Leo Plumb left his cousin’s wedding drunk with waitress Matilda Rodriguez in his sports car . Leo avoided his wife, Victoria, who was barely speaking to him. Jack and Leo were brothers but they weren’t friends. Jack had worked hard to distance himself from the Plumbs. Leo spends time in rehab. Beatrice Plumb was a writer, until very recently had stopped. Nobody remembered who started calling their eventual inheritance The Nest, but the name stuck. Melody was just sixteen when Leonard Plumb Sr. decided to establish a trust for his children. What can possibly happen next for the Plumb family?



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