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Unconvincing,
Slow,
Poorly Written

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The Ten-Year Nap
by Meg Wolitzer

Published: 2008-03-27
Hardcover : 351 pages
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From the bestselling author of The Wife and The Position, a feverishly smart novel about female ambition, money, class, motherhood, and marriage-and what happens in one community when a group of educated women chooses not to work. For a group of four New York friends, the past decade has ...
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(From the bestselling author of The Wife and The Position, a feverishly smart novel about female ambition, money, class, motherhood, and marriage-and what happens in one community when a group of educated women chooses not to work.

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 jobs as corporate lawyers, investment bankers, and film scouts to stay home with their babies. What was meant to be a temporary leave of absence has lasted a decade. Now, at age forty, 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 gets to know a charismatic and successful working mother of three who appears 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 Amy's obsession with this woman's bustling life grows, it forces the four friends to confront the choices they've made in opting out of their careers-until a series of startling events shatters the peace and, for some of them, changes the landscape entirely.

Written in Meg Wolitzer's inimitable, glittering style, The Ten-Year Nap is wickedly observant, knowing, provocative, surprising, and always entertaining, as it explores the lives of these women with candor, wit, and generosity.

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  "Jacket description makes it sound better than it is."by marshlynn (see profile) 02/22/11

I agree with most of the reviewsd. Though I did finish it and I wouldn't toss it out. I think it was a good topic but I kept thinking I could write it better.

 
  "Not worth the struggle"by SerenaW (see profile) 11/26/09

It was a chore to finish and I had absolutely no interest in these characters There was maybe one interesting incident in restaurant which never came to much. I am an avid reader a book this size usually... (read more)

 
  "Great discussion but didn't really like book"by marshcs (see profile) 08/13/08

The book was a fairly easy read for me, but I know others in our group had a hard time getting through it. The character development seemed a little lacking...the the character's behavior sometimes annoying.... (read more)

 
  "Boring, unlikeable characters"by agranieri (see profile) 08/07/08

I found it hard to relate to the characters.

 
  "No one liked it. Only 2 people even finished it."by bekkihoch (see profile) 08/07/08

My book club is a group of stay at home moms and yet none of us could relate to these characters. I don't see how it was a "Ten Year Nap" exactly and I certainly can't see what all these women awakened... (read more)

 
  "Reading this is like trying to struggle through a required reading assignment"by Tonia (see profile) 07/30/08

Slow moving with lots of unnecessary verbage. So many in our book club did not finish reading it!

 
  "don't think I'll finish it"by carriehd (see profile) 07/22/08

Sounded interesting but isn't. Quite disappointing. No plot to keep you interested. I hate not finishing a book, but I don't think I can bear to waste my precious reading time on something I am not all... (read more)

 
  "long tedious and boring"by loladep (see profile) 06/15/08

the synopsis of this book made me think it would be so much more than what it was ... i didnt think there was any 'story' to it .. it just seemed to be a narration of the lives of a few women ...

 
  "horrible. I actually threw the book away"by ellentambo (see profile) 03/26/08

Terribly written, story did not go anywhere. I kept trying to read it until my husband asked me if I was enjoying my book and I realized how stupid I was being, so I threw the book away. Not even good... (read more)

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