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I love a good family story. Throw in some dysfunction and I’m there! Reading the synopsis for Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut, The Nest (March 2016), I knew this was a book for me.

The novel opens at a wedding where, in a drug-induced stupor, Leo Plumb leaves behind his wife Victoria and takes a waitress named Matilda with him into his car. There was a crash. Then the story fast forwards to more than a year later to the fallout of that car accident.

Leo and his three siblings have been waiting years for their joint “nest” of trust fund monies to be distributed. Unbeknownst to them, their mother used a large portion of the money to cover up the details surrounding Leo’s accident. Now, as the youngest Plumb, Melody, is approaching her 40th birthday, word gets out that there is very little of the trust fund remaining. This is a serious problem, as the Plumb children have been living their lives, making choices, dependent on those monies.

The author does a fantastic job showing the reader each sibling’s back story. She answers the questions about how and why each got to the place they are in following the aftermath of their mother’s decision. My favorite character was Melody, a hardworking stay-at-home mom who is married to Walt and has two daughters. Melody hasn’t made as many poor choices as her siblings—she views the trust fund money as a college fund for her twins, a way to get ahead on the mortgage, and get a break from constantly scrounging money.

The Nest is a wonderful reflection on family dynamics and communication. I highly recommend this intricately plotted debut. Filled with humor and a great cast of dysfunctional misfits, it is a very pleasurable read.

Reviewed by Libby Bridges

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Libby started with Author Exposure as the book review editor and has evolved into the AE site editor. She was the creator and interviewer for the What's Next feature and still manages to squeeze in reviews of her own.

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