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Book Information: Ten Year Nap, the

Ten Year Nap, the (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

What happens when smart, educated women temporarily leave the work force for motherhood, and somehow don't find their way back?

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, Amy, Jill, Roberta, and Karen were told by their mothers that their generation would be different. "You girls will be able to do just about anything you want," Amy's mother had predicted. And for a while, this was true. Amy and her friends went to good colleges and began careers as lawyers, film producers, bankers, and artists. But after they got married and had babies, they decided for a variety of reasons to stay home, temporarily, to raise them. Now, ten years later, at age forty, with their children older and no longer in need of their constant presence, and without professions through which to define themselves, the four friends wonder how they got here, in lives so different from the ones they were brought up to expect, and why they have chosen to stay so long.

When Amy embarks on a friendship with a charismatic and successful working mother of three whom the others think of as an "advertisement for work and motherhood and glamour and a refusal to compromise," a lifetime's worth of concerns open up, both practical and existential. As Amy's entanglement in this woman's complicated life increases, it drives a wedge between Amy and her husband, as well as her and her friends, until a series of startling events ultimately forces the four friends to confront the choices they've each made and, for some of them, changes the landscape entirely.

Original title: The Ten Year Nap

Quotes:

Genre: FictionGeneral FictionWomen's FictionFeminist
FictionGeneral FictionMidlife Crises, Journeys Of Discovery

Edition #1: Ten Year Nap, the

Ten Year Nap, the (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "In The Ten-Year Nap, Meg Wolitzer uses her trademark wit and intelligence to animate questions more often posed by nonfiction: Why are many women tempted to stop working after having children? What do they gain, and lose, by doing so? The result is both a complex portrait of contemporary motherhood and an arresting dispatch from the family frontlines." Jennifer Egan, author of Look at Me and The Keep
  • "A wise, witty assessment of the contemporary dilemmas of middle-class mothers...Wolitzer uses modern domesticity as a lens through which to scrutinize mixed feelings about ambition, marriage,aging, money and the peculiar results of the women's individual choices...A perceptive, highly pleasurable novel." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Wolitzer's comic timing never wavers, and she has an astute grasp of the way one generation's liberation inspires the next generation's pity." The New Yorker
  • "Sly and delicious...rich and substantial...As an authorial presence, Wolitzer is engaged, caring, but never intrusive or judgmental." The Washington Post
  • "Meg Wolitzer has ripened into a chanteuse of a writer, a Dietrich of fiction; her smoky humor, her languid look at life, her breathless sentences are all let loose." Los Angeles Times
  • "Deploys a calm, seamless humor...Rage might be the signature emotion of the powerless, but in Wolitzer's hands, rage is also very funny." The New York Times
  • "Meg Wolitzer is that all-too-rare joy, a writer who gets better and better with each succeeding book. Wolitzer...isn't afraid to infringe on the territories of Jonathan Franzen and Rick Moody." Newsday
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Manifested in:

Ten Year Nap, the (April 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9781594489785
Dimensions: 9.31 x 6.19 x 1.22
Pages: 351

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