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CYNTHIA D’APRIX SWEENEY

 

The Nest (2016)

 

The Plumb siblings aren’t particularly close but all are rocked when they discover their joint trust fund has been depleted by their brother Leo’s foolhardy behaviour. Melody had been counting on the money – due soon on her fortieth birthday - to cover her mortgage and her twin daughters' college tuition. Antiques dealer Jack needs his share to cover the debts he’s wracked up against his partner’s beach cottage. And Beatrice has been struggling for years to live up to her promise and finish that second novel. As Leo proves to be as elusive as ever, all are hoping that he will finally do the right thing and refeather their nest. Told from multiple points of views, this is a smart and insightful story centred around a dysfunctional family with all sorts of financial, career and personal problems. Likeable maybe not, but the Plumbs are certainly memorable. 8/10

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