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A wickedly smart, funny, and deeply felt debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of their long depended-upon family inheritance
On a wintry night in New York City, Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless younger brother, Leo Plumb, who has just been released from rehab. Leo's bad behavior before entering rehab, culminating in a car crash while under the influence-a nineteen year old waitress beside him-has left the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” as they've taken to calling it, endangered. All four siblings, at very different places in their lives, believe that this money will solve a host of self-inflicted problems and their consequences. And until Leo's accident, they'd been mere months away from receiving it.
Can Leo get the Plumbs out of this mess, as he's always been able to do for himself before? Or will the Plumb siblings have to do without the money-and the future lives-they've envisioned? As the siblings grapple with family tensions, old histories, and the significant emotional and financial cost of the accident, Sweeney introduces an unforgettable cast of supporting characters: Leo's stalwart ex-girlfriend who now thinks that maybe, just maybe, he is capable of change; the waitress whose life was shattered in the accident; the Iraqi war veteran who falls in love with her; and a retired, grieving firefighter with a very big secret.
Tender, funny, and deftly written, THE NEST explores what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of our lives, and the fraught but unbreakable ties we have with our families.