Reviewed by Dennis Menard
One phrase I have learned to avoid like the proverbial plague in book blurbs is the remark that it was “laugh out loud funny.” Too often this means it is merely farcical. Hence it is seldom fodder for so much as a smirk inside or out. But in contrast to that, The Nest was well written and REALLY funny! So,if laughter be the best medicine this book is like a shot of much-needed chuckles, guffaws, with perhaps a spoonful of titters. I suppose the highest praise I could give a book would be to say I wish I had written it myself. And so is it with this book.
But it is not enough for a book to be funny. So wonderfully described and imagined are its characters, pinned and mounted on a cork background as less than colorful butterflies . Written almost as if suffering with multiple personalities, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney pulls back the veil to let one see the inner tick-tocking of the various characters’ minds at work.
The story is a family drama. Not by any means MY family. For squabbles over inheritance, in MY family we would be more likely to argue over the last wing of “finger lickin’ good” at the bottom of one of the Colonel’s buckets. This book is very much a New York tale, but since it tells of family life from a W.A.S.P perspective, even Woody Allen could not have brought it off. The Nest was one of my favorite reads of this year.
Dennis Menard is an artist. You can find his work at dennismenard.nl.
An ebook of The Nest can be found here.