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The ten-year nap
Meg Wolitzer
Adult Fiction WOLITZE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In her latest novel, Wolitzer (The Wife; etc.) takes a close look at the "opt out" generation: her cast of primary characters have all abandoned promising careers (in art, law and academia) in favor of full-time motherhood. When their children were babies, that decision was defensible to themselves and others; 10 years on, all of these women, whose interconnected stories merge during their regular breakfasts at a Manhattan restaurant, harbor hidden doubts. Do their mundane daily routines and ever-more tenuous connections to increasingly independent children compensate for all that lost promise? Wolitzer centers her narrative on comparisons between her smart but bored modern-day New York and suburban mommies and the women of the generation preceding them, who fought for women's liberation and equality. Contemporary chapters, most of which focus on a single character in this small circle of friends, alternate with vignettes from earlier eras, placing her characters' crises in the context of the women, famous and anonymous, who came before. 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. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Wolitzer follows up her strong previous works, The Wife and The Position, with an equally riveting tale. Continuing her feminist view of contemporary society, she examines the lives of highly educated professional women who take a ten-year break from their careers to raise children only to realize after a time that they need to examine their inner lives to see if a former career, or something completely different, beckons. The book centers on four New York City women with sons at an expensive private school. Amy Lamb, an attorney-turned-stay-at-home mom, becomes obsessed with her new friend Penny's illicit affair. Amy's best friend, Jill, must face the truth of her adopted Russian daughter's learning disabilities. Artist Roberta's husband is trying to make it big with his puppetry. Other mothers feature in the story, and characters from the past, too, are introduced (e.g., Amy's mother, an intense feminist author back when "working mother" was an oxymoron). Beautifully written and cleverly paced, this novel has a great story with messages on many levels. Only one complaint: with all the bouncing back and forth among characters, readers may find it frustrating having to switch to a different character just as the character they're on is getting interesting! Can you say "sequel"? [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/07; Riverhead plans an online reading-group guide.]-Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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