Don’t miss this special appearance by the break-out fiction writer Cynthia Sweeney reading from one of the year’s most anticipated debut novels. Warm, funny, and acutely perceptive, The Nest is an epic story of four adult siblings, and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their lives. Come enjoy an evening with the messy but unforgettable Plumb family! Friday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m.
The Nest explores what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of our lives, and the fraught but unbreakable ties we have with our families. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo. An accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Brought together, they must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and acknowledge the hand they have in their own fates.
“Intoxicating…I couldn’t stop reading or caring about the juicy and dysfunctional Plumb family.” – Amy Poehler
When a cross-country relocation brought Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney away from her home of 25 years, she decided to fill the time by finally fulfilling a lifelong goal of writing fiction. At the urging of friends, Sweeney threw caution to the wind and (defiantly, superstitiously) mailed out four MFA applications—on her 50th birthday, no less. She had no way of knowing that, just four years later, the short story she would begin at her MFA program would evolve into the envy of the industry, to be preempted in an aggressive house bid just after the publishing industry returned from a Thanksgiving holiday spent with families that all too often resembled her dysfunctional creations, the Plumbs. Cynthia lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.