The Ten-Year Nap

  • by Meg Wolitzer
  • Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan
  • 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 prestigious jobs to stay home with their babies. What was meant to be a temporary leave of absence has lasted a decade. Now, at age 40, 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 meets someone who seems 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 her obsession with this woman's bustling life grows, it forces the four friends to confront the choices they've made - until a series of startling events shatters the peace and, for some of them, changes the landscape entirely.


What the Critics Say

"A perceptive, highly pleasurable novel that serves as Wolitzer's up-to-date answer to the old question: 'What do women want?'" (Kirkus Reviews)
"Wolitzer's novel offers a hopeful, if not exactly optimistic, vision of women's (and men's) capacity for reinvention and the discovery of new purpose." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I tried to like it

I've enjoyed other books by Meg Wolitzer very much. I tried to like this one, but it just dragged. Maybe I have a hard time identifying with female characters who stay home and don't have jobs, but everything was so "interior" that I couldn't make myself care--or finish the book.
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- Barbara

A Good Beach Read

The book is a sort of chick-lit for 30 year olds. It was very enjoyable and easy to listen to.

My only gripe is the mispronunciation of the town of Naperville, IL, which is the home town of one of the characters. The narrator pronounces with a short "a," tho the actual pronunciation is with a long "a." You would think this would have been checked out by the editors.
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- Paul L

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-27-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.