J-Dubs Review of the Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

This one was the book club selection for July and we will be discussing it Monday.  Can’t wait!  Excited to see what is on tap next too.  But before I get ahead of myself, here’s my take on the Nest.

The book revolves around the four Plumb siblings and has many more story lines.  I won’t spoil anything but just suffice it to say, there are nuggets of gold which delve into real human psyche – character flaws and all.  Love and acceptance or bitterness and betrayal.  What does one do when he/she loses an inheritance (the Nest) that had been counted on to cure any number of personal woes?  Does one rise to the occasion or falter?  How do you think you’d react?

Me? I’d like to think money isn’t everything.  Spoken as someone who is comfortable while not affluent.  I guess I’d be bitter over the broken promise but I’ve come to realize we are not “owed” anything.  Never count your chickens before they are hatched.  Sure an inheritance would be nice but maybe valuing people not things is better.  Actually there is no maybe about it. Chose people! Show up and but for one of them, they did just that.

I will close with some quotes that made it into my commonplace book.

“I’m curious” he said “is telling someone to relax every helpful?”  Breathe … hyperventilate, swallow … choking.  Unless admonition.

… never mind his ordinary looks.  They lent a valuable invisibility.  He overhead things he wasn’t supposed to hear, people confided in him.

She knew they called her the General behind her back and she didn’t care.  Because she also knew what it was like to grow up in a state of anarchy.

She could Google it but she preferred to wonder(ah if only J-Dub)

The shelf held nothing of value and it held everything of value

…wasn’t even sure she understood the impulse making her want to let go, but she decided not to overthink it for once. (ah if only J-Dub)

I give this book 4.28 of 5 stars.  Why? I am feeling random. Hehe 🙂

As always more to come.

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