The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

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The New York Times bestselling novel that woke up critics, book clubs, and women everywhere.

For a group of four New York friends the past decade has been defined largely by marriage and motherhood, but it wasn’t always that way. Growing up, they had been told that their generation would be different. And for a while this was true. They went to good colleges and began high-powered careers. But after marriage and babies, for a variety of reasons, they decided to stay home, temporarily, to raise their children. Now, ten years later, they are still at home, unsure how they came to inhabit lives so different from the ones they expected—until a new series of events begins to change the landscape of their lives yet again, in ways they couldn’t have predicted.

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 its women with candor, wit, and generosity.

Meg Wolitzers's newest book, The Interestings, is now available from Riverhead Books.

About Meg Wolitzer

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Meg Wolitzer is the author of eight previous novels, including The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She lives in New York City.
Published March 27, 2008 by Riverhead Books. 380 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Using the comfortable format of friendship between four women, Wolitzer’s eighth novel (The Position, 2005, etc.) takes ironic stock of how far females have (and haven’t) come since feminism tried to rearrange the work/life balance between the sexes.

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Meg Wolitzer’s novel is about New York women who have stayed home too long.

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Media outlets are full of stories about whether women can "have it all." After becoming a mother, Curtis Sittenfeld came to appreciate novels and memoirs that look beyond those headlines to celebrate the difficult, messy, delightful juggling act of parenthood. She shares three of her favorites.

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The Independent

Relishing this romance second-hand, Amy – like the "crippled girl in a wheelchair in an old storybook" – is distracted from the demise of her own love life and a husband more interested in raiding the cookie jar than conjugal rights.

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The Bookbag

My own circumstances aside (I'm a similar age and have just spent a little over 6 months out of work, though not by choice), I found myself relating to all of Wolitzer's characters in a way that made me think of them all as my friends and off the back of such a delightful reading experience, I ha...

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USA Today

There's something for everyone out in paperback, from an edgy crime story set in the Big Apple to the gentle crime-solving by Botswana's No.

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Penny and Amy strike up a friendship -- well, Penny enslaves an initially willing and awestruck Amy as her confidante -- and it doesn?t take too long for the stay-at-home mom to see the many cracks in her veneer, namely her extramarital affair with an English man.

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Halfway through the book, I felt as though Wolitzer had written a list of every type of person who might care about the delicate balance of career versus parenthood, made up names for those people, and built a novel around them: the well-off married people;

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However,The Ten-Year Nap is not a story about unhappy women, rather one of women trying to be happy with the paths they have chosen.

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MEG Wolitzer's last novel, The Position, was a witty look at the fall-out from the sexual revolution of the 1970s, and this book is about the fall-out from the two subsequent decades.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Meg Wolitzer, a veteran novelist (The Position, 3.5 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2005;

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The ultimate peril is motherhood, loving someone more than you love yourself.

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