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The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney review – a feel-good tale of family fortunes
life just got real a live original novel
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This tidily plotted and relentlessly entertaining tale follows four squabbling siblings surnamed Plumb. Most irresponsible is Leo, the oldest, whom we meet in a widescreen, popcorn-crunching prologue. Well-oiled with booze and thoroughly amped on cocaine, he abandons his wife at a society wedding to seduce a teenage waitress; he packs her into his car and speeds off, then with his hands on the wheel and her hands somewhere else, he closes his eyes for a second and crashes. Reading feels like day tripping — living shallow in these lives which, for all their drama, never sharpen out of slightly suffocating cosiness. Insights, when they come, are spelled out clearly. A different and sturdier kind of nest.