Image of The Ten-Year Nap


Image of The Ten-Year Nap

Any woman who has ever considered making or has made career sacrifices
for her family will surely identify with Wolitzer's latest book, a realistic and thought-provoking novel about marriage, motherhood, work, friendship and feminism. The author's uniquely elegant and lyrical third-person prose may take some getting used to, but readers will nonetheless find themselves swept up in the conflicted characters' lives and thoughts.

Amy, Jill, Karen and Roberta are four highly educated New York-based friends who left their promising careers behind to be stay-at-home moms. That was 10 years ago. When Amy becomes friendly with a woman who seems to have it all -- a successful career, a loving marriage and happy children -- the friends can't help but wonder if they could have had it all too.

Realizing that they still have time to make changes in their lives, but not sure they want to, the women think long and hard about the choices they made and the women they are and ultimately want to be. (RIVERHEAD, Apr., 368 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Samantha J. Gust