Books & Wine Wednesdays!
The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Ecco; First Edition first Printing edition (March 22, 2016)
Reading Sara Rating: 6/10
Reading Sara Review: In general, I enjoy books about dysfunctional families because family dynamics make for fascinating stories. In this example, it was intriguing to explore how it is possible that four children from the same parents became divided, out of touch and uncommunicative with each other. If you appreciate this genre of family dynamics, you will hopefully enjoy this book.
In short, the family is divided because of money, but as usual, there is much more to it. The Nest is about the Plumb siblings who are all expecting to inherit their share of “The Nest” which their late father left to them. They were months away from finally receiving it when their oldest brother is in a terrible car accident. We get a glimpse of each of their lives through their perspective and those close to them. The writing and the way that the plot unfolds helped to give context to the people and the character’s lives – where they are coming from, where their values are and how they are perceived.
The characters, for the most part, are not too relatable. I do not anticipate thinking in the months to come about Melody and her twin daughters, or Jack and his antique shop. They each fit well into the story – but they did not captivate me further.
What I loved about this book, and the redeeming part of it for me is watching the characters grow. In the beginning, they were selfish and entitled – but as the story continued and they were forced to work together, be there for each other, they grew immensely while becoming closer. The thing (the “nest”) that they thought was so important and going to save them from all of their problems, turned out to be not necessarily what they needed. I do not want to spoil it, so will stop there – but the character’s growth is what kept me reading until the end. At first, they are quite shallow – and I was worried that is what the book was going to be, but it picked up at the end, and I realized that the shallowness was a part of the story and made better for it.
The Nest is getting a lot of praise right now, so add it to your summer reading list. It’s not a long one and has some good twists and turns!
For those of us without a “Nest” to turn to, we’ll look at some affordable wines this week! I don’t know where you are reading this from, but where I am writing from – it is finally summer (and super hot) and I am ready for some exciting white wines to kick it off. If you haven’t tried Verdejo yet, summer is a perfect time for it. Verdejo is a grape variety grown in Rueda region of Spain. For under $15, you can give it a try from Bodega Matarromera with their 2014 Melior Verdejo.
Location of the Rueda Region – click below to learn more!