A warm, amusing and insightful debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared heritage that has shaped their choices and lives.
But even among the most problematic, the Plumb family stands out for being spectacularly dysfunctional.
Years of simmering tension finally come to a breaking point on an unusually cold New York City afternoon when Melody, Beatrice and Jack Plumb meet to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, fresh out of rehab.
Months earlier, a drunken Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a 19-year-old waitress as a passenger.
The ensuing accident has jeopardized Plumbs' joint trust fund, The Nest, which they are months away from finally receiving.
Intending to turn her late father into a modest middle-aged supplement, the Plumb brothers have seen the value of The Nest skyrocket along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a series of self-inflicted problems. Melody, a wife and mother in a luxury suburb, has a difficult mortgage to manage and imminent college tuition for her twin teenage daughters.
Jack, an antique dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach house she shares with her husband, Walker, to keep her shop open.
And Bea, a promising story writer, can't seem to finish her late novel.
Can Leo rescue his brothers and, by extension, the people they love?
Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they have imagined?
Gathered together like never before, Leo, Melody, Jack and Beatrice must deal with old resentments, today's truths and the significant emotional and financial burden of the accident, as well as finally recognize the choices they have made in their own lives.
In this tender, entertaining and skillfully written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over time, and the tense but unbreakable bonds we share with our loved ones.