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Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's 'The Nest' is a quintessential New York novel

Here's what everyone will be reading on the subway this spring.

"The Nest," a debut novel by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, follows four adult siblings (and their families, acquaintances, enemies, friends, rivals, coworkers and neighbors, because that's how New York works) through the city as they vie for an inheritance promised to them in the near future.

An accident on the East End, a meeting at Grand Central and several boroughs worth of drama make this book Amy Poehler called "intoxicating" the type of book that will make you miss your subway stop. Or several.

Over tea at City Bakery (not mentioned in the book), Sweeney, who now lives in L.A. after 27 post-college years in NYC, explained that the impetus for this book occurred on an October Sunday morning during a freak snowstorm.

"I was walking to brunch and I saw all these people sitting in the windows having their mimosas and this image just flashed into my mind of family members who were about to meet one another, having drinks in separate bars in the same four corners," she said. "That image just stuck in my head and I started playing around with it, thinking who are these people and what is their relationship and why do they need to have a drink before they see each other and what are they meeting about that’s fraught and why can’t they drink in front of one another."

All of those questions and more are answered in 353 pages of Sweeney's fiction, very much rooted in New York City, from a Prospect Heights brownstone similar to a house she lived in to a West Village apartment inspired by another former residence. "I wanted my New York to feel lively and specific," she said of the city she roots her characters in.

"It was a little way of spending time in New York without actually being here,” said Sweeney, who planned a special trip to NYC to visit every location from the novel when she completed it. "I wanted it to feel very real to people who know New York.”

Whether you're looking for a good place to read the book or are already addicted, bring the pages to life with our Nest-centric NYC tour.

Campbell Apartment

Whether you're hiding from your siblings or just
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Whether you're hiding from your siblings or just getting a cocktail mid-commute, this speakeasy cocktail spot inside Grand Central is a must for any New Yorker. (5 Vanderbilt Ave., 212-953-0409)

Murphy's Pub

The Murphy's referenced in
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The Murphy's referenced in "The Nest" is on 43rd Street, but just a few blocks north, you can also become a regular at this Murphy's (977 Second Ave., 212-751-5400)

The Lounge at New York Central

Located inside the Hyatt attached to Grand Central
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Located inside the Hyatt attached to Grand Central Terminal, commuters need not feel the outdoors while grabbing a not inexpensive glass of wine at this spot. (109 East 42nd St., 212-883-1234, grandnewyork.hyatt.com)

Grand Central Oyster Bar

An early, pivotal scene takes place at this
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An early, pivotal scene takes place at this iconic seafood institution. (89 E. 42nd St., 212-490-6650, oysterbarny.com )

American Museum of Natural History

Play hooky for the day and head to
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Play hooky for the day and head to the museum at Central Park West and 79th Street. (212-769-5100, amnh.org )

Christopher Street Pier

For some beautiful views of New Jersey, or
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For some beautiful views of New Jersey, or a nice spot near the Hudson River to read, head to Christopher Street Pier. (353 West St., hudsonriverpark.org)

Arthur Avenue

Sweeney had Arthur Avenue in mind as Vinnie's
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Sweeney had Arthur Avenue in mind as Vinnie's location, and although you may not find his pizza shop there, you can dine on some delicious Italian-American eats in this Bronx enclave -- while reading, of course.

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