Ten Year Nap by Meg WolitzerTen Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

Ten Year Nap

byMeg Wolitzer

Hardcover | April 1, 2008

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From the bestselling author of The Wife and The Position, a feverishly smart novel about female ambition, money, class, motherhood, and marriage-and what happens in one community when a group of educated women chooses not to work.

For a group of four New York friends, the past decade has been largely defined by marriage and motherhood. Educated and reared to believe that they would conquer the world, they then left jobs as corporate lawyers, investment bankers, and film scouts to stay home with their babies. What was meant to be a temporary leave of absence has lasted a decade. Now, at age forty, with the halcyon days of young motherhood behind them and without professions to define them, Amy, Jill, Roberta, and Karen face a life that is not what they were brought up to expect but seems to be the one they have chosen.

But when Amy gets to know a charismatic and successful working mother of three who appears to have fulfilled the classic women's dream of having it all-work, love, family-without having to give anything up, a lifetime's worth of concerns, both practical and existential, opens up. As Amy's obsession with this woman's bustling life grows, it forces the four friends to confront the choices they've made in opting out of their careers-until a series of startling events shatters the peace and, for some of them, changes the landscape entirely.

Written in Meg Wolitzer's inimitable, glittering style, The Ten-Year Nap is wickedly observant, knowing, provocative, surprising, and always entertaining, as it explores the lives of these women with candor, wit, and generosity.

Meg Wolitzer is a novelist and screenwriter. She is the author of This Is Your Life, which was made into the Nora Ephron film This Is My Life. She lives in New York City.
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Title:Ten Year NapFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.4 × 6.4 × 1.25 inPublished:April 1, 2008Publisher:PutnamLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1594489785

ISBN - 13:9781594489785

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay read Didn't really enjoy this book & would not recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I really enjoyed this book. As a mom who left her career 3 years ago to raise my young boys, this book really hit home. I experienced the same emotions as these 4 women. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dive Deeper-its all about choices When I first heard about this book, I thought it was a light-hearted Chic Lit about a bunch of formerly professional women who have decided to stay home with their children. That it is, but a light-hearted romp it's not. It's about the choices we make as women, and how we have to wrestle with those choices every single day of our lives. It's about how attitudes towards motherhood, work and worth have rollercoastered througout the last 50 years, and how we have to balance the expectations of 'women's libbers' and our own priorities as wives and mothers. Also touched upon are the changes happening in our society with regard to a father's role in home life, and how many fathers yearn for the traditional 'mother's' life. And that slowly, men are beginning to take over these traditional female roles within the family. One woman who I spoke to about this book said that she thought the characters were pathetic-that they were so torn, happy, and unhappy, all at the same time, with the choices they had made. I think that there's the crux of the book right there. We too, are supposed to question the choices these mothers have made. It's painful to hear them complain. Particularly because many of the situations will hit home. Most readers of this story will be women, and most of us have wrestled our own work/mothering demons at one time or another.
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relevant topic for women! Amy Buckner, a stay-at-home mother in New York, finds herself at loose ends when she realizes that her 10 year old son doesn’t need her so much anymore and her best friend moves away. She continues to go through the motions, meeting friends for breakfast most mornings at a local café but Amy knows something is missing and she doesn’t know how to find it or how to start looking. Into this growing void falls Penny Ramsey, who she gets to know while both are assigned to ‘safety walk’ around their childrens’ school. Amy discovers that Penny’s life is much more interesting than her own; she’s a museum director and her husband is a wealthy businessman. They have no financial problems and on the surface everything seems great. Amy begins a friendship with Penny that seems to fill the empty holes in her own life. This novel explores the issues surrounding women at different stages in their lives. Questions arise about decisions to stay at home while one’s children are young and then not so young, friendship, marriage and family and careers. It delves into loyalty and betrayal, shallowness and profundity. The choices aren’t easy to make and mostly not perfect, but are often the best possible solution for the given stage of life. I found this book to be thought provoking and relevant, as most of us at some time in our lives must decide about one or another of the issues that the various characters deal with. Should we stay at home while the children are young or entrust them to a daycare or babysitter? Can we afford to stay at home? And if we do go for that option, once the children are in school, then what? The author addresses some of these issues not only in the book but also in an article entitled “Mothers of Contention and the Money Wars”. In this article Meg Wolitzer says: “Women who work full-time or part-time and those who stay home with their kids (as well as those who now spend their days answering help wanted ads on craigslist) may not experience Helen Reddy solidarity. It may be way too soon to speak about the mommy wars in the past tense, for no one has solved the problem of ambivalence about staying home versus working, or the lack of good, cheap daycare; and no one has found a way for some women not to feel they're damned if they do, and damned if they don't. Maybe not even the full-scale meltdown of the economy can keep these particular, familiar wars from raging. But it can try.” And on the topic of friendships this novel raises many more interesting questions, for example, what does it mean to have a best friend? What are the ground rules? What lines can you and should you not cross? The Ten Year Nap emphasizes that there is no right or wrong answers, and whatever lifestyle is right for you and your family is probably the best choice to make, but each person can only be responsible for her own choices. This point of view is a refreshing departure from being sold the ‘right way to do things’ at every turn.
Date published: 2009-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay The Ten Year Nap, written by Meg Wolitzer takes a look at some of the most compelling and current issues of today's generation. We ARE the generation of woman who are supposed to do it all and do it with a smile and no complaints. In this area, I was very interested in reading this novel. Wolitzer takes her main female characters and basically explores this subject matter by showing us alternate views of each women and basically doing a pro and con of each situation. However, the main focus of this book, in my opinion, is indeed - what is the value of a woman? and does it change if she chooses to stay home with her children instead of going back to work? Although many other readers have complained about the fact that the message that seems to be passed here is that if you have stayed home to raise your children, you have been essentially 'napping" all these years. Although I know I will not be popular for saying this, I have always believed this premise. I believe that woman who stay home, especially those who do so wayyyy after their children have been raised and are grown are doing themselves a huge disfavor - as much from a financial point of view (there is security and power in knowing you earn and have your own money)and as much from the point of view of stimulating, challenging and overall being all that you can be. Wolitzer explores this in her book and I applaud her for it. Although the basic storyline is interesting, I found Wolitzer's writing to be a little too much at times. I would have liked her to be a little more down to earth and less flowery. Also, at times, the cast of characters seem to large - this novel was a tad too ambitious I think.
Date published: 2009-03-08