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The Nest
The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
A wickedly smart, funny and deeply felt debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of their long depended-upon family inheritanceOn a wintry afternoon in New York City, Melody, Beatrice and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, who has just been released from rehab. Leos bad behavior before entering rehab, culminating in a car crash while under the influencea nineteen-year-old waitress beside himhas left the Plumbs joint trust fundThe Nest, as theyve taken to calling itendangered. All four siblings, at very different places in their lives, believe that this money will solve a host of self-inflicted problems and their consequences. And until Leos accident, theyd been mere months away from receiving it.Can Leo get the Plumbs out of this mess, as hes always been able to do for himself before? Or will the Plumb siblings have to do without the money and the future lives theyve envisioned? As the siblings grapple with family tensions, old histories, and the significant emotional and financial cost of the accident, Sweeney introduces an unforgettable cast of supporting characters: Leos stalwart ex-girlfriend who now thinks that maybe, just maybe, he is capable of change; the waitress whose life was shattered in the accident; the Iraqi war veteran who falls in love with her; and a retired, grieving firefighter with a very big secret.Tender, funny and deftly written, 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.
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rather_be_reading
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Bailedbailed

I just could not do it you guys! It had a good premise and I remember this getting so much bzz but the characters sucked and the story was taking way too long to get to whatever the plot was. DO NOT waste your time. I wasted 4 days on this thing.

#tbrreads #wintergames #thefilthyanimals @Clwojick @StayCurious

ShelleyBooksie I dnf'd as well. I did not.like any of the characters 1w
Laura317 I bailed as well. Good call. 1w
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rather_be_reading @ShelleyBooksie @Laura317 so so glad i wasnt alone on this one!! 7d
arubabookwoman I finished, but hated it. 7d
rather_be_reading 16pts🤶 6d
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One of my fav reading spots is closing next week so I had to come have my fav sandwich one last time.

MommyOfTwo 😢 1w
MoonWitch94 Oh that‘s so sad 😞 1w
reluctantangeleno What's the place?? 1w
Crazeedi Oh no, that's awful! 1w
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rather_be_reading
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And the hazards of a book lunch.

myers85 Look on the bright side - it adds character to the book! 1w
TheSpineView I hate when that happens! 1w
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rather_be_reading
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Book lunch. Spicy chicken curry soup

4thhouseontheleft That looks delicious! 1w
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Book 163 of 2019
#tbrlist

Desha Wow! Congratulations 🎉🎊 2w
Linsy Beautiful fire! 🔥 1w
SamHeartCoffee Right up my alley! 1w
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rather_be_reading @Desha ty so much! 1w
rather_be_reading @Linsy ty! it was very cozy! 1w
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Jaimelire
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Pickpick

I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. The Plumb family is flawed and the knowledge of a possible inheritance when the youngest family member turns 40 taints their lives. I was not satisfied with the ending, it left me a bit disappointed. But this book is well written and the character development is impressive.

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JacqMac
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Mehso-so

I listened to the audiobook. It‘s just ok. Dysfunctional families always leave me feeling a little unsettled.
#TeamStoker 2pts
@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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JacqMac
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Did a little audio baking. I needed some sick day comfort food. I think I‘m going to hit 24hrs.
#24B4Monday
@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 Yey! 🥳🥳🥳😁🔥 2mo
TheReadingMermaid Go girl go!!! Lookout 24!!!!! 2mo
Texreader Mmmmm 2mo
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TheSpineView Way to go!🧡 2mo
hes7 Yum! 😋 2mo
Andrew65 Okay, officially hungry. 2mo
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JacqMac
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This flu is kicking my butt. I‘m going to try an audiobook for a bit. If I can stay awake.
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@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

jb72 I hope you feel better soon! 2mo
Redwritinghood Flu season already!? Terrible. Hope you feel better soon. 2mo
BlameJennyJane Feel better! 2mo
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Andrew65 I think I‘m getting there myself, or at least a very bad cold! Hope you feel better soon. 2mo
Buechersuechtling Feel better soon so that you can fully enjoy your audiobook‼️ @Redwritinghood Yeah, I agree with you, I instantly thought the same … I know it‘s stupid but I always feel that the autumn-flu-season is worse than that taking place during spring. (edited) 2mo
Buechersuechtling @Andrew65 So for you all the best and that you also feel better soon – whatever you have caught. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Blergh! I really need to go get my shot as it seems that this year‘s flu has arrived much earlier. It also seems to be a particularly wicked strain. ☹️ I hope you feel better soon! 2mo
BookNAround Feel better! 2mo
JacqMac @jb72 @Redwritinghood @BlameJennyJane @Buechersuechtling @BookNAround Thanks everyone. I‘m working on the rest and fluids part. 2mo
JacqMac @Andrew65 Thanks. I hope you feel better, too. @MicheleinPhilly Thanks. The shots always seem to come too late. I hope you‘re able to get one before it finds you. 2mo
AmberWB Feel better soon!! 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Bailedbailed

I just don‘t like anyone in this book.

Patchshank I know what you mean. I made it about a third of the way into the book before I gave up. I was just bored with it. 3mo
CarolynM I agree, they were all awful. I finished the book, I wanted to know what would happen. I quite enjoyed being interested in the story without caring what good or harm came to any of the characters. 3mo
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Jaimelire
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Our recycling depot has a book hut. I donated a box full of books to make room on my shelves, but couldn‘t help myself and ended up picking up these four lovelies😍

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Litsi
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Mehso-so

A nice ride of a book. I couldn‘t srop reading, but can‘t say it is a really good book. The characters often feel like names with agendas. That is, Sweeny is great at writing conflict, but less good at personality. And though sometimes you can feel the “first novel” of it all, it is still a good read. I hope her next book is more focused on a smaller group of characters whom she can tailor better.

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ValerieAndBooks
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Pickpick

Lots of first-world problems amongst this dysfunctional family, but I liked this novel! Good writing. More characters than I expected, but the author didn‘t allow this to sprawl.

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ValerieAndBooks
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I can‘t remember the last time I‘ve ever seen my name Valerie or Val in a book, so it‘s odd to see that both this one and the last one I read (Possession by AS Byatt) have minor characters named Val!

How about you all — do you see your name often in books?

tammysue I never do 5mo
wanderinglynn I‘ve seen my name once or twice. Not often. 5mo
TheEllieMo I can‘t recall ever seeing my name in a work of fiction. There‘s an academic whose study is quoted in my current non-fiction book, though, who shares my first name 5mo
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Lcsmcat Almost never. 5mo
rwmg It happens. Actually, the villain/anti-hero in my current book is called Robert 😡 5mo
Bookzombie Rarely. My husband say there is a character named Margie in 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @tammysue @wanderinglynn @TheEllieMo @Lcsmcat @Bookzombie @rwmg now I‘m going to be on the lookout for your names in future reads and will let you know 😊. I‘m sure the next Robert I come across will be a good one @rwmg 5mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Current pool read. 😎 ☀️ 🏊‍♀️

Megabooks Loved it! 5mo
ValerieAndBooks I‘m enjoying it! May even finish tonight. @Megabooks (edited) 5mo
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elisebarker
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Pickpick

I really liked this one! The characters were flawed, but believable. I like how the family comes together in the end.

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kristyredden209
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I'm into this new fast! I keep thinking to myself, why haven't I read this one sooner? #kindlereader

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bookaholic1
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Pickpick

Not alot of people seemed to like this book, but I enjoyed it.

marleed It‘s such a peaceful cover. I‘m always drawn to it but alas it‘s a TBR :( 7mo
bookaholic1 @marleed it is a pretty cover 7mo
Litsi It is a nice cover. Has nothing to do with the book however. 4mo
bookaholic1 @Litsi I agree 4mo
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Mamashep
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Filling in while I‘m waiting for my next library hold to come in. #audiobooks #library

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Beccacraft
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Pickpick

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn‘t wait to read about the flawed characters and their dysfunctional relationships. It was believable, intriguing, and entertaining throughout.

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RavenLovelyReads
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I just can‘t with all this pretty! Rose gold and turquoise 💕💕💕

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ktparnell
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Mehso-so

FINALLY finished this book. It was a long read. Hard to follow. But not awful. It probably would‘ve been better if I hadn‘t dragged it out for so long.

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RavenLovelyReads
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I had never been lucky enough to find a library book sale- I found two locally in two weeks. I think I‘m addicted! I picked up all these hardcover and one paperback for a grand total of $15! Which one should I read first??

Drocchio03 Depending on what you‘re looking for - The Nest is a fast read and relatively light considering the theme and issues covered. // Your photo and flowers are gorgeous! 7mo
Amor4Libros You got some good stuff!! Memoirs of a Geisha or The Nest would be my pick. 🙂 7mo
Caroline2 I loved memoirs of a geisha. 👍🏻 7mo
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RavenLovelyReads @Drocchio03 @Amor4Libros I will be totally honest- I picked up The Nest because the cover was SO PRETTY!! I‘m glad to hear it‘s a good book! 🤭 (edited) 7mo
RavenLovelyReads @Caroline2 I‘ve heard nothing but good things about it 😀 7mo
Rachel.Rencher Memoirs of a Geisha was amazing ❤ 7mo
KathyWheeler I liked Go Set a Watchman, but I also know I‘m in the minority on that. 7mo
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RavenLovelyReads
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Book sale at the library this past weekend...these are the spoils! Sigh! I only wish I‘d had more time 🤓

Emilymdxn Great choices! Im a big fan of daughter of fortune and go set a watchman 7mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I read Daughter of Fortune in high school and I keep meaning to reread it - I‘m sure I‘d love it even more now 7mo
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ktparnell
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Yep, still reading this book. It‘s getting better though. But the jumps between characters are still super confusing. If this book wasn‘t a birthday gift from my hubby, I would‘ve bailed already.

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CharleaFinley
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Pickpick

If you‘re looking for a feel-good read that makes you feel better about your completely dysfunctional family that you love unconditionally (for the most part), this is it! 📖

“It‘s not your job to be anyone‘s mirror.” #thenest 💛

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ktparnell
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Lunch time routine. I‘ve been reading this book for nearly a month. Honestly, it‘s a bit slow. The characters jump around too much. Or maybe I‘m just reading it too slow. Who knows. Either way, I‘m ready to be done with this book. (Yes, that is a baby bump).

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CharleaFinley
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I‘ve been meaning to read this one for a hot minute! #thenest

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Meghan2213
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Can‘t wait to start reading!!!

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Megabooks
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Taking me back to 2016! Remember what a big deal this book was? I like the narrator, but her male voices are just okay. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I just carried it with me around the house!

Anyway, listless day. Lots of pain but my mom was worse off, so I made fried rice for dinner 🍚 and did four loads of laundry. 👚 I feel pretty productive! 😁👍🏻

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AndreaLove
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Bed time Reads #familydrama

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ktparnell
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Super excited to start reading this one.

AndreaLove I am just over halfway through... and quite liking it... what do you think? 8mo
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Librarybelle
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This mixed-reviewed book looks at families and trust funds, money and power. I was anxious to read this, and yet it languishes as another #tbr book. One of these years I should do the #MountTBR challenge... #moneycitymaniacs #TimbitTunes

BookClubMom I loved this book - very entertaining and a good look at adult sibling relationships. Hope when you read it you will also like it! 😀👍 9mo
whatsthEStorey This has been on my TBR too. I‘ve checked it out from the library and from Hoopla-both times it was returned unread for no reason other than so many books, so little time! 9mo
JacqMac It‘s still sitting in my TBR, too. The mountain just keeps growing. Sigh. 9mo
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Cinfhen I really liked this book💞it was the right mix of entertaining & good writing 9mo
minkyb As usual I felt the same as @Cinfhen and I also feel it deserved more love! (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks @minkyb ♥️ 9mo
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wallacereads
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Killing time before bookclub. If I get out of here with less than 3 books I will consider myself the model of self-restraint. 😬

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annkuch13
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I noticed the other day that these stacks are all leaning dangerously close to falling over. But they're so pretty stacked up together.

gibblr I love this picture!! 10mo
annkuch13 @gibblr Thanks! 10mo
Reviewsbylola Love BOTM stacks! 10mo
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rachelk
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Confession — I love finding things in thrift stores. This pretty hardback was in perfect condition (as were the vase and the shoes)! 🤗 #thenest #thriftstorefinds

CoffeeNBooks I love thrift store shopping! 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm Wow great haul! 11mo
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rachelk @CoffeeNBooks Yes! It‘s so fun! 😃 11mo
Elma Love all three! What great finds! 11mo
rachelk @Elma Thank you! 11mo
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LeslieO
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1. Teleport, I guess because reading minds would be awful.
2. Loving tagged book but not finished yet, because I‘m reading 4 other books at the same time.
3. The usual, lose weight.
4. Nothing but want to start Derry Girls
5. 👌
#FRIYAYINTRO

LeahBergen I wouldn‘t want to read minds! 😳 11mo
AlaMich Yes for Derry Girls!! So much fun! Though you might want to turn on the captions...I mean, unless you‘re Irish, in which case you probably wouldn‘t need to. I‘m going to stop talking now...😬 11mo
LeslieO @AlaMich Haha! My friend said the same thing 11mo
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LeslieO
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Current reads, fiction and nonfiction.

LeahBergen Pretty! 11mo
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Maria514626
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Really enjoying this book from @bookish_wookish (#stuffedstockingswap).

I‘m listening and reading. Wouldn‘t recommend listening. It‘s easy to miss the depth of the siblings‘ neuroses. I do not like these people. I do like the book. 😁

bookish_wookish Yay! 11mo
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BeckyandBooks
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Pickpick

They say don‘t judge a book by its cover...but that‘s how I always pick my books. Something about the colors and design on the book, I‘ve wanted to read it for a long time. It did not disappoint. It was a sweet story about the dysfunction among a family, it was hard not to feel emotionally attached by the end.

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Mehso-so

Good page turner about a family who are corrupted by the promise of a windfall that doesn't come as anticipated. Lots of good characters and life-like dialogue but at points it felt like the author was squeezing in too many stories. The best bits were the explorations of the sibling relationships to which so many of us can relate.

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Allthebookclubs
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Mehso-so

A decent book, although I could‘ve gone without the indecency at the beginning. The accident could‘ve easily been caused by a less X-rated situation, but the whole dysfunctional family drama was an entertaining story.

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sophierayton
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Pickpick

Deliciously dysfunctional family drama, well written with a satisfying ending. I liked it a lot.

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I've been putting off reading this for so long. I must have known that I would be discouraged/disgusted by the characters' behaviors and treatment of each other. The ending was better; but I'm not sure it was worth the slog up to that point.

Reviewsbylola I wasn‘t impressed by this one either. I expected a lot more. 1y
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Gabuchi
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“If you want people to judge you based on your inside, don‘t distract them from the outside”

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CuriousG
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Pickpick

This book was the perfect mix of self-indulgent behaviour and family drama, & all without tying things up in a neat little bow at the end. Yes, some things do end fairly neat, but far from storybook, so I'm pleased. If you want to read about a bunch of dysfunctional adults and generally prickish behaviour, this book is for you!

And my unrelated pic - these mourning doves have made their 'nest' by my front porch. I've named them Harold & Maude ❤