The Ten-Year Nap, by Meg Wolitzer

Lately I’ve been reading historical fiction with a darker twist, books with Holocaust themes, and depressing memoirs of family dysfunction for my book group.  So I found it tough to care about or like the main characters in this book–a group of well-off but dissatisfied women lost on the mommy track in Manhattan.  “Stop whining!,” I wanted to yell at them. 

Nonetheless, if you’re in the mood for some smartly-written domestic fiction and a quick read, Wolitzer’s humor is dead-on, and she has a lot of insightful things to say about the day-to-day life of being a parent, and how having more choices doesn’t necessarily make our lives clearer or happier.

An excerpt and an interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air” can be found here.

RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: stc

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