Not just your ordinary dysfunctional family, the Plumb siblings have issues, but not issues so dire the nest egg they are about to inherit can’t fi x – if “the nest” as they call it weren’t already nearly depleted having been spent to bail the eldest sibling, Leo, out of the consequences of a very serious car accident.
Leo has always been a charming and careless guy. He tapped into an opportunity that the digital age provided and for a moment in time, was fairly wealthy. Following a disastrous divorce and a predilection for drugs and alcohol, his wealth soon dwindled to nothing – hence the bailout. His siblings are sure that Leo has money socked away somewhere and feel sure he’ll re-feather the nest.
As always, they are counting on him when in fact they never have been able to. The attachment to the money and to the brother seems somehow mixed and Leo does pay them back in a way that they never would have predicted.
A great, charming, and witty read for book clubs of every type.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Ecco/HarperCollins; ISBN 9780062414229; $16.99.
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