Melody, Jack, Bea und Leo sind Geschwister. Sie sind in ihren Vierzigern, stehen mitten im Leben und sie haben immer gewusst, sie würden eines Tages erben. Aber was, wenn die Erbschaft ausbleibt? Ein warmherziger, humorvoller und scharfsinniger Roman darüber, wie der Kampf ums Geld Lebensentwürfe und Familien durcheinanderbringen kann. Als Kinder haben sie einander geneckt, als Erwachsene verbindet die Geschwister Melody, Jack, Beatrice und Leo Plumb nur noch eine gemeinsame Erbschaft. Mitten in der Finanzkrise brauchen alle dringend Geld. Melody, Hausfrau und Mutter, wachsen die Ausgaben für ihr Vorstadthäuschen und die Collegegebühren ihrer Töchter über den Kopf. Antiquitätenhändler Jack hat hinter dem Rücken seines Ehemanns das Sommerhaus verpfändet. Beatrice, erfolglose Schriftstellerin, will endlich ihr Apartment vergrößern. Doch kurz bevor das Erbe ausbezahlt wird, verwendet ihre Mutter es, um Playboy Leo aus einer Notlage zu helfen. Unfreiwillig wiedervereint, müssen die Geschwister sich mit altem Groll und falschen Gewissheiten auseinandersetzen. Aber vor allem müssen sie irgendwo frisches Geld auftreiben ... Meisterhaft erzählter, böser und witziger Familienroman »Ein Roman wie gute dunkle Schokolade: elegant und bittersüß, so köstlich, dass man ihn in einer Nacht verschlingt.« Entertainment Weekly
Steve durchlebt eine schwere Zeit: sein neugeborener Bruder kämpft um sein Leben und fordert damit natürlich alle Aufmerksamkeit seiner Eltern. Währenddessen zeichnet sich vor dem Dachüberhang bedrohlich ein Wespennest ab. Als sich eines Nachts die Wespenkönigin in Steves Träume einschleicht und ihm anbietet, das Baby zu "reparieren", scheinen seine Wünsche erhört zu werden. Doch die Dinge nehmen eine finstere Wendung, als Steve erkennt, was wirklich mit dem Kleinen geschehen soll. "Das Nest"" von Jon Oppel wurde eindringlich illustriert von Jugendliteraturpreis-Gewinner Jon Klassen.
Für die elfjährige Naomi »Chirp« Orenstein ist ihr Zuhause auf Cape Cod wie ein kuscheliges warmes Nest - umgeben von weitläufigen Stränden, frischer Seeluft und den schönsten Vögeln. Doch der Tag, an dem bei ihrer Mutter Multiple Sklerose festgestellt wird, ändert alles. Machtlos muss die Familie mitansehen, wie die Krankheit schließlich in einer Tragödie endet. Chirp rinnt das Glück wie Sand durch die Finger. Bis eines Tages Joey, der eigenbrötlerische Nachbarsjunge, auftaucht, der sie auf seine ganz eigene Art daran erinnert, dass Flügel zum Fliegen da sind. Esther Ehrlichs Debüt ist ein Meisterwerk, das eigentlich nur mit einem Taschentuch verkauft werden dürfte!
Author: Annette Smith
Publisher: Nelson Thornes
Release Date: 2001
The accurately presented setting of this narrative gives reason for the agitation experienced by a sea bird when its nesting environment is threatened. Understanding the effect of setting is an essential feature of narrative texts.
Author: David Popenoe
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Social Science
Disturbing the Nest assesses the future of the family as an institution through an historical and comparative analysis of the nature, causes, and social implications of family change in advanced western societies such as the United States, New Zealand, and Switzerland by focusing on the one society in which family decline is found to be the greatest, Sweden. The founding of the modern Swedish welfare state was based in large part on the belief that it was necessary for the state to intervene in society in order to improve the situation of the family. Of great concern was the low birthrate, which was seen as a threat to the very survival of Swedes as a national population group. The Social Democrats pioneered welfare measures that aimed to strengthen the family, to alleviate its worst trials and tribulations, and to make possible harmonious living. With the Social Democrats remaining in power continuously until 1976, a period of almost forty-five years, Sweden went on to implement governmental "family policies" that are among the most comprehensive (and expensive) in the world. In view of this major policy goal of family improvement, the actual situation of the Swedish family today presents a genuine irony; some have claimed that Swedish welfare state policies have had consequences that are the opposite of those originally intended. Comparing contemporary Swedish family patterns with those of other advanced nations, one finds a very high family dissolution rate, probably the highest in the Western world, and a high percentage of single-parent, female headed families. Even marriage seems to have fallen increasingly out of favor, with Sweden having the lowest marriage rate and latest age of first marriage, and the highest rate of children born out-of-wedlock. The early pronatalist aspirations of the Swedish government have been spectacularly unsuccessful, as Sweden continues to have one of the world's lowest birthrates and smallest average family sizes.
Author: Clorinda Matto de Turner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 1999-04-29
Clorinda Matto de Turner was the first Peruvian novelist to command an international reputation and the first to dramatize the exploitation of indigenous Latin American people. She believed the task of the novel was to be the photograph that captures the vices and virtues of a people, censuring the former with the appropriate moral lesson and paying its homage of admiration to the latter. In this tragic tale, Clorinda Matto de Turner explores the relationship between the landed gentry and the indigenous peoples of the Andean mountain communities. While unfolding as a love story rife with secrets and dashed hopes, Torn from the Nest in fact reveals a deep and destructive class disparity, and criticizes the Catholic clergy for blatant corruption. When Lucia and Don Fernando Marin settle in the small hamlet of Killac, the young couple become advocates for the local Indians who are being exploited and oppressed by their priest and governor and by the gentry allied with these two. Considered meddling outsiders, the couple meet violent resistance from the village leaders, who orchestrate an assault on their house and pursue devious and unfair schemes to keep the Indians subjugated. As a romance blossoms between the a member of the gentry and the peasant girl that Lucia and Don Fernando have adopted, a dreadful secret prevents their marriage and brings to a climax the novel's exposure of degradation: they share the same father--a parish priest. Torn from the Nest was first published in Peru in 1889 amidst much enthusiasm and outrage. This fresh translation--the first since 1904--preserves one of Peru's most distinctive and compelling voices.
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.
Author: Paul Jennings
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2009-03-02
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
I hear a dragging sound followed by my father's limping appearance at the door. I look at him in horror. He's starting at me, glasses askew, waving the birds' nest. 'You imbecile. You left me hanging there. What were you trying to do? Kill me?' If only he knew. I'm not trying to kill him. I'm trying not to kill him! 'The tender yet unsparing depth of characterisation in the novel is matched by the limped beauty of the writing, the sensual evocation of the snowfields setting and the compelling nature of the story.' Weekend Australian 'A dark, gripping tale.' The Age 'The ending is a dramatic as they come.' Sydney Morning Herald
Author: Nebo Chijioke
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Release Date: 2009
Set in a typical urban town in Nigeria, this witty play will intrigue the reader. The play looks at family life, and exposes social and societal ills, such as prostitution, blackmail, tribalism, bribery and corruption, police irregularities, sex abuse, and cultism, a tradition in both secondary and tertiary institutions. Treasures in the Nest is an inspiring and educational read.
A chilling yet redemptive post-apocalyptic debut that examines community, motherhood, faith, and the importance of telling one's own story. When 95 percent of the earth's population disappears for no apparent reason, Mira does what she can to create some semblance of a life: She cobbles together a haphazard community named Zion, scavenges the Piles for supplies they might need, and avoids loving anyone she can't afford to lose. She has everything under control. Almost. Four years after the Rending, Mira's best friend, Lana, announces her pregnancy, the first since everything changed and a new source of hope for Mira. But when Lana gives birth to an inanimate object--and other women of Zion follow suit--the thin veil of normalcy Mira has thrown over her new life begins to fray. As the Zionites wrestle with the presence of these Babies, a confident outsider named Michael appears, proselytizing about the world beyond Zion. He lures Lana away and when she doesn't return, Mira must decide how much she's willing to let go in order to save her friend, her home, and her own fraught pregnancy. Like California by Edan Lepucki and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Rending and the Nest uses a fantastical, post-apocalyptic landscape to ask decidedly human questions: How well do we know the people we love? What sustains us in the midst of suffering? How do we forgive the brokenness we find within others--and within ourselves?
In 1980 the author, and his wife, decided to leave the frantic pace of the big city that they had both known their whole lives and move to the diametrically opposite setting of rural North Idaho to raise their family. They also relocated their quickly growing electronics manufacturing company and employees t a town 60 miles from their new home. In order to be available quickly they bought a small plane and built an airstrip at there home. This work is a humorous view of their first 10 years and the changes to their priorities and values. This book is not only entertaining, but is a guide for anyone contemplating a move to the edge of civilization. It is of particular interest to anyone who is, or wants to be, a pilot and fantasizes about commuting to work and play by air.
She was very blurry, not at all human-looking. There were huge dark eyes, and a kind of mane made of light, and when she spoke, I couldn't see a mouth moving, but I felt her words, like a breeze against my face, and I understood her completely. "We've come because of the baby," she said. "We've come to help." All Steve has to do is say, "Yes." But "yes" is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?
If only the answer to every marital question were as easy as “I do!” For many couples the challenges of planning their nuptials are a piece of (wedding) cake compared to what comes after: How do we merge our finances—or do we? Do we need to spend every free minute together? And how do we decide where to spend our first Thanksgiving? Online wedding community TheKnot.com was fielding so many questions like these from their newly married members that they were inspired to create an entirely new site—TheNest.com—dedicated to the unique issues that face people in the first few years of marriage. A 24/7 virtual married-best-friend-who’s-been-there-before, the site and its thousands of just-married members dish out advice on everything from how to get your permanent roommate to pick up his or her dirty socks, to how to inspect a property when you’re buying your first home, to foolproof guidelines for entertaining the in-laws. Unlike single friends (who don’t have the experience to give tried and true advice) or Mom (who has lots of experience but tends to give too much advice), Nesties share their experiences with no strings attached—and free of the worries that come with real-world friendship. Now the editors of The Nest have brought together the very best of this hard-won knowledge, plus their own astute insights into the early years of marriage, to create a unique resource for navigating the sometimes bumpy road of marriage. Touching on everything from money to sex and starting a family, they go where no etiquette book or self-help manual has gone before, providing real-life solutions for the myriad problems even the happiest couple can encounter when two become one. The first in a series of books for any couple who wants every day of their new lives together to be as fulfilling and meaningful as the day they walked down the aisle, The Nest Newlywed Handbook goes beyond platitudes and pep talks to explore the many rich rewards of married life. An offshoot of the hugely popular wedding website The Knot, The Nest started out as an online community of girls grappling with the emotional issues—and enormous to-do lists—that come with the first years of marriage. The Nest has grown into a weekly webzine, a print magazine, and now a book series—all 100% committed to the phrase “happily ever after.” Visit us at thenest.com. Secrets every couple needs to know, from the website that put marriage on the map Whether you’re about to tie the knot or are already well into your first years together, you are sure to have realized that this is not your parents’ marriage. Oh, how the rules—and roles—have changed. Who does the housework now that everyone works? If you want to keep your money separate—does it mean you’re not committed? Is it OK to order takeout when the in-laws come for dinner? The Nest Newlywed Handbook is your road map to modern married life, guiding you through the ins and outs of tackling life as a twosome. Get tips and tricks on: •Merging your money (or not) •Building the family fortune •Loving your in-laws •Buying your first home •Decorating as a duo •Divvying up the chores •Keeping the flame alive •Fighting nicely •Talking about kids •Maintaining your single friends •Hosting during the holidays •Figuring out the future This book is filled with advice, detailed to-dos, checklists, quizzes, and worksheets that are sure to spark conversations, fix problems, and get your new life together on track and off to a good start.