A lot of buzz about

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - READS - By ALI­CIA rANCILIO

CYN­THIA D’Aprix Sweeney ( pic) was on her way to meet her fam­ily for brunch in New York when she had an idea for the open­ing scene of her de­but novel, The Nest.

Sweeney imag­ined fam­ily mem­bers “all need­ing to meet but all need­ing a drink be­fore they met and all get­ting their drink in prox­im­ity to each other with­out know­ing that they were all do­ing the same thing,” she says in a re­cent phone in­ter­view from her home in Los An­ge­les.

She was in­trigued by why they needed to drink be­fore see­ing one an­other and what the meet­ing was about.

As for The Nest, Sweeney says she’s sur­prised by “how lit­tle I had to know go­ing in. I wrote my way along. When I would start to panic I would just re­mind my­self that I only had to fig­ure out what hap­pened in the next chap­ter, what hap­pened in the next scene. I didn’t have to be look­ing way, way down the road. What sur­prised me is when you take that in­cre­men­tal ap­proach, you do reach a tip­ping point where all of a sud­den things start to come to­gether.”

As Sweeney found her story, she also found a lot of in­ter­est from the pub­lish­ing world.

The Nest, which will be pub­lished on Tues­day, was snapped up in a seven- fig­ure deal by Ecco, a HarperCollins im­print. A book trailer fea­tur­ing ac­tress El­lie Kem­per and “Trans­par­ent” cre­ator Jill Soloway talk­ing about their own fam­i­lies is avail­able on­line.

Sweeney says one of the “weird­est” things for her has been all the talk about the book be­fore its pub­li­ca­tion date. “My fam­ily mem­bers are re­ally con­fused. I keep get­ting e- mails like, ‘ How are there re­views on Ama­zon? When can we get the book?”’

So, why does she think peo­ple are so in­ter­ested in the novel?

“The com­bi­na­tion of fam­ily and money is very po­tent and it re­ally, re­ally seems to strike a chord with peo­ple.” – AP

Photo: twit­ter. com/ cyn­thi­adsweeney

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