Book ReviewVolume 13 Issue # 24

The Nest

A warm, funny and acutely percep- tive debut novel about four adult sib- lings  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 spectac- ularly dysfunctional. Years of sim- mering  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 be- hind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passen- ger. 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.