My first challenge book of 2017 is The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It was published by Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins.
This novel was a big deal in 2017, featuring in book clubs everywhere and making all sorts of ‘must read’ lists. After reading it, I can understand why. I graduated college with a liberal arts degree at the pit of the recession. I was promised that college would lead to a good job with promotions and stability. What a crock that turned out to be.
I made some minor messes but my mistakes have been relatively easy to tidy up thus far. These characters got way in over their heads in a variety of different ways. They damaged their finances, personal relationships, and marriages. I sympathized and was interested in their story.
It was slow to pick up and started off feeling like standard literary fiction I often find forgettable. After the big lunch, however, everything picked up. Stories got more engaging and you saw in detail how much of a mess different characters had gotten themselves into. It was fascinating to see how the one thing they’d been counting on falling through forced them all together.
It wasn’t just about the four siblings either. We got good looks at the teenage daughters, the waitress injured in the accident, and other people who mattered in this very story. It was less about money and more about human mistakes. I greatly enjoyed this and would definitely recommend it.