Friday, March 3, 2023

Finally Friday - The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

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

In The Ten Year Nap, Meg Wolitzer turns her delicious wit and keenly observant eye on the domestic  culture of today (actually came out  2008), in a feverishly smart and entertaining new novel. 

Amy, Jill, Roberta, and Karen thought they could have it all. Great colleges, great careers (lawyer,  film producer, banker,  artist), marriage, babies - but, now what? Age forty, kids are older and more independent, and now these ladies feel timed out of their professions.  

However Amy meets a woman who is married, has kids, and still has a profession and seems to navigate all of the choppy waters. She's also having an affair which Amy finds fascinating. She's slowly drawn in to the drama and does like Ian for her friend.  But then, on a very bizarre trip with Penny and the husband, Greg, something happens that changes Amy's perspective.  

This book does a good job  of  showing women's friendships, fancy school/PTA drama, the intrigue of others lives, and the juggling  of life. Admittedly a bit is dated - there is now  the option these days of work from home situations and also more internet business opportunities. But The Ten Year  Nap by Meg  Wolitzer is still entertaining and thought  provoking with some good twists and turns. 


  1. Hi Joanne - sounds interesting ... I doubt I'll read it - but if I spot if - then I just might. Cheers Hilary

    1. This was $1 from library book sale. Worth the time reading.

      Have a good weekend

  2. Sounds good, but my first thought was "oh yes, I could really do with a ten year nap"!

    Interesting you mention it's dated a little since it was written - how quickly working life adapted to the various lockdowns and other obstacles.

    1. I think every working woman has that thought.
      And this is the first “older” book in which I was struck by life contrasts. Meg W is a smart author and is probably wishing she could do an update!