Episode 48: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney on Relishing Dysfunctional Families

This week, our guest Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney brings us her scandalous and sexy debut novel, “The Nest,” a comedy about greed, family rifts and money anxiety in New York City. The adult Plumb siblings Leo, Jack, Melody and Beatrice have built their adult lives on the promise of a trust fund “The Nest” set up by their late father. Each was set to inherit a hefty sum when the youngest daughter Melody turned forty, but when the handsome and reckless Leo Plumb abandons his wife at a party, seduces a teenage waitress and totals his car during a sex act. Medical bills, legal fees and hush money effectively drain the nest. This is where we start the book… from this description I’m sure you can already tell how much fun it is to read. In our conversation Cynthia reveals why she finally committed to the writing life, how her years living in New York informed the novel, and so much more.

We hope you enjoy the show the show! Let us know @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram. 

XO Angie

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Buy “The Nest” on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore.


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