You’ve probably all spent days wondering, “Where’s the ‘Next Up’ post?” That’s supposed to come after the review posts. I know you’ve all been anxious about my next selection. The delay is due to the fact that I was reading a non-Robin’s List book and so hadn’t picked a new list book yet. But don’t you worry – I finished that book quickly and have returned with my next choice from the list: The Ten Year Nap.
This is actually the book I was buying when I thought of the idea for Reading for Robin. My dad, brother and I were in Barnes and Noble and I remembered that this book was on my mom’s list. A few other books on her list popped out at me while I was browsing too. That’s when it occurred to me that I should make my way through the whole list and blog about it too. So my first step was to buy a book. And that brings me to The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer.
Check out Barnes and Noble’s description of the book:
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.
This may be yet another book aimed more at my mom’s demographic than mine, but I am interested nonetheless. Plus, it will be a nice change of pace to be reading a paperback instead of an e-book. I hope I remember how to turn a real page!