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January Meetup (The Nest)

  • The Waiting Room

    66 E Cherry Street, Rahway, NJ (map)

    40.607136 -74.274590

  • Hi all! For January, let's meetup and read The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney... "A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

    Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

    Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

    This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love."

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  • Kate R.

    Location suggestions are always welcome!

    October 13

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kate! This will be my first time joining you guys so I don't know what you look for in a location, but I wanted to suggest TeaBar in Cranford. It's a nice space but they only serve drinks and pastries. I'm not sure what time they close, but I go there fairly regularly and could ask about us coming and if it would be OK if we ran a little over his usual closing time.

      November 3

    • Kate R.

      Sure! That would be great. Thanks :)

      November 4

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  • Kate R.
    Organizer,
    Event Host

    Hi I'm Kate. I'm 29 and living in Cranford. I love getting together and having great discussions.

  • Valerie

    I recently moved back to the area and I'd love to meet some new people, especially fellow book... more

  • Ericka

    Hi everyone, I'm Ericka, 34, reside in North Plainfield and am orginally from Brooklyn,NY. I'm a... more

  • Ashley W.

    I'm a high school history teacher who enjoys reading. I graduated from Rutgers in... more

  • Allison

    Hi! Im excited to find some new books to read and to meet new people!

  • Katherine C
    Co-Organizer

    I'm Katherine, 28, living in Kenilworth. I enjoy reading, good food, discussions and wine!

  • Cindy

    I'm in my mid-twenties and I love to read whenever I have time. I'm looking forward having fun... more

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