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The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
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May 24, 08

Read in May, 2008

I loved the idea of this book. I, like so many women, wrestle with the possibility of balance between career and family life, and Wolitzer seeks to show this struggle in all its complexity. But in the end, I don't think she really nails it. Somehow, the idea that not working outside of the home is a "nap" derails the potential of the story. The labor of child care is missing, as is the angst working women feel when they "miss things" in their children's lives.

I wish there were fewer characters -- maybe just Amy and Jill. I know that it's catchy to have a Sex and the Cityesque foursome, but it seemed like four characters (plus their mothers and Margaret Thatcher and Nadia Comaneci and....)were too many.

Still, I do think that this book would be fun to talk about with other women, and maybe that was Wolitzer's ultimate purpose.
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