Date finished: February 5, 2018

Rating: ★★★★

The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest — a wonderful family drama — (surprisingly) reminded me of Fates and Furies in that it’s a sweeping saga of several characters over the course of their relationships together. But where Fates and Furies is slightly depressing (albeit in the most well-written way), The Nest is more lighthearted.

The story revolves around the Plumb family, of which each member has a stake in “the nest,” a ballooned trust fund created by the family patriarch. When the money gets spent prematurely after Leo Plumb makes a grievous (and very illegal) error, the family’s parents and children each deal with the loss of the expected funds in different ways.

But while the book (and the family) is based around this million-dollar trust fund, the stories, conflicts, and happenings therein deal with much more than money, and Sweeney’s characterization of Leo, Bea, the twins, and others is simply incredible. One of the best family dramas I’ve ever read.

Photo courtesy @cozy.caffeinated.moments (Instagram)

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