Contemporary Fiction

The Nest

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney with The Nest.

by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Quick take

The story dances in the reader's mind; it lives and breathes and is as immediate as a theater piece playing out before your eyes.

Why I love it

The Nest does not meander gently through the paths of four troubled siblings and their various problems; it flies. I apologize for the bird pun in the very first sentence of this review, but what can I say? I'm giddy. I could not put this book down. The Plumb family is a messed-up, dysfunctional, self-obsessed unit full of messed-up dysfunctional, self-obsessed members – much like your family or m...

Member thoughts

32% Love
51% Like
15% Dislike
  • Jessica B.

    Northfield, OH

    "A great dysfunctional family story with enough twists that you don't know what they'll do next. At times serious and others laugh out loud I couldn't put it down. "

  • Chelsea S.

    Naperville, IL

    "The Plumbs put the fun back in dysfunctional. Such a destructively juicy read! Every character was awful, but it made the story even better."

  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "The author nails the pacing and characterization, while there are many storylines happening it never felt cluttered. Loved reading this!"

  • Shelbi L.

    Bryan, TX

    "I'm a sucker for dysfunctional family story, especially when you get to see things from multiple people's perspectives"

  • Bridget M.

    Reno, NV

    "The crazy family dynamic made it a great read."

  • Bill R.

    Groveland, FL

    "Great characters, fun and funny."

  • Kristen V.

    Denver, CO

    "I really liked the family dynamic of this book"

  • Mercedes S.

    Roswell, GA

    "If you have an even slightly dysfunctional family that includes a f*ck up, you'll appreciate this story. It started off a little odd, but by the end things tied together in an unexpected way. "

  • Sheri L.

    Birmgingham, MI

    "Dealing with families and what happens when someone in the family dies - money does strange things to people."

  • Courtney P.

    Tallahassee, FL

    "This is the best BOTM book I've read to date and one of the best books I've read in the last few years. "

  • Ashley R.

    Spring, TX

    "One of my favorites of the year. Loved the dysfunction of the Plumb family. Each character has some pretty awful personality traits, but it makes the book a great read. "