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.