HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Best-Selling Author of The Nest


  • Pursuing a Longtime Dream: Jumpstarting a Mid-Life Career Change to Fiction Writing
  • How I Overcame (Mostly Self-Inflicted) Obstacles to Thinking and Writing More Creatively
  • Writing Process & The Path to Publishing The Nest
  • An Evening With Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney: An Interview



Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the debut author of the instant New York Times Bestseller, The Nest.

The Nest (Ecco) is 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. 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.

Previously, she lived and worked in New York City for more than two decades, writing copy for a variety of clients, including American Express, McDonald’s and more defunct Internet start-ups than she cares to count. Sweeney has an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. Her non-fiction essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine and Martha Stewart Living.

Sweeney is known for engaging audiences with the same wit, charm, and passion that is found in her writing. She is available for presentations at libraries, literary festivals, literary societies, and publishing events.

Currently, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Praise for The Nest:

“Humor and delightful irony abound in this lively first novel.”
--New York Times Book Review

“Hilarious and big-hearted, The Nest is a stellar debut.”
--People, Book of the Week

“Her writing is like really good dark chocolate: sharper and more bittersweet than the cheap stuff, but also too delicious not to finish in one sitting.”
--Entertainment Weekly

“A fetching debut from an author who knows her city, its people, and their hearts.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Her writing is assured, energetic, and adroitly plotted…”
--Publisher's Weekly

“For all the acerbic humor that Sweeney wrings from this family’s self-absorption, she maintains a refreshing balance of tenderness.”
--Washington Post

“The Nest is an addictive, poignant read with an enticing premise.”
--Los Angeles Times

“Intoxicating…I couldn’t stop reading or caring about the juicy and dysfunctional Plumb family.”
--Amy Poehler

“A masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale.”
--Elizabeth Gilbert

“This book keeps its blade sharp and its heart open.”
–-Matthew Thomas

“Sweeney explores the broken heart of a family with insight and compassion.”
--Bret Anthony Johnston

“A wise, funny, compassionate family drama…”
--Jami Attenberg

“Sweeney artfully touches on each family member…bringing light and humor to her characters’ various plights.”

“…winsome, biting, and addictive.”

“Fans of dark comedy are sure to appreciate the twisted humor and compassion found in this novel… “

“All it will take is a few pages of this book's strikingly hypnotic prologue, and you'll be sucked in.”

“Readers who devour quirky family dramas…won't want to miss this…”