The Nest (audiobook)

Read by Mia Barron
11.1 hrs • 9 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 03/22/16
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 03/22/16 9780062659392
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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.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? 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.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix 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.

Review Quotes

“A masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale…not only clever but emotionally astute.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A fast-moving train, and Sweeney’s writing dares us to keep up.”

Amy Poehler, New York Times bestselling author

“This dysfunctional family novel…[is] certainly every bit as entertaining as a movie, too, and impossibly witty to boot.”


“As siblings struggle with money woes, their humble inheritance turns into a full-blown cash cow. There’s only one problem: the black sheep of the family.”


“[A] hilarious family saga.”

Entertainment Weekly

“By turns winsome, biting, and addictive.”

New York magazine

“Humor and delightful irony abound in this lively first novel.”

New York Times Book Review

"[A ]smart and thoroughly entertaining tale…Funny, moving, and emotionally nuanced, this is a story to savor.


“[A] generous, absorbing novel…Sweeney’s endearing characters are quirky New Yorkers all…A fetching debut from an author who knows her city, its people, and their heart.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Sweeney spins a fast-moving, often-humorous narrative, and her portrait of each sibling is compassionate even as she reveals their foibles with emotional clarity…Assured, energetic, and adroitly plotted…[this is] an engrossing narrative that endears readers to the Plumb family for their essential humanity.”

Publishers Weekly