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.

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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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Ten Year Nap

Appropriate title... What a snooze! If you are into self-absorbed types this is for you. As a working mother or a stay at home mother I doubt you will find much here to identify with. If you do, my sympathies. If you feel you are giving up your life to have children... don't have any!!! If your identify is all rapped up in either your work or your children it is time to get a life! Yes, I have children and a rewarding and successfull career. I have grandchildren and my children were not screwed-up because I worked. I kept hoping for some solution at the end of this drivel that would make it worth the agnoy of listening to...didn't happen. Run now while you have the chance. Don't waste your credit.

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- Kathy

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

Book Details

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