Review: NEST by Esther Ehrlich
NEST is a coming-of-age novel for sure, but not just that, and definitely not routine. Chirp (real name Naomi) and her older sister Rachel are the children of a psychiatrist and a dancer, and the family is Jewish, rare and set apart on Cape Cod. Chirpy is non-sociable, but truly fascinated by birds. Slowly she befriends the abused boy living across the street, Joey, while her mother becomes ill, eventually receiving a scary diagnosis. As Chirpy and Joey practice stretching their wings, events snowball, and both are presented with the opportunity to grow up fast. I was reminded both of "The Diary of Anne Frank" and of the young children growing up at Los Alamos during the years of The Manhattan Project.