Leah Greenblatt
March 21, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Ten-Year Nap

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Meg Wolitzer
publisher
Riverhead
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

What determines a woman’s worth? Meg Wolitzer (The Position) turns her laser gaze on the rarefied world of NYC moms wealthy enough to stay home with their kids, but intelligent enough to feel the tugging lack of purpose that results. In The Ten-Year Nap, she hopscotches through time, occasionally dropping in brief vignettes of the main characters’ own mothers as well as of high-achieving women like Nadia Comaneci and Margaret Thatcher — a risky gamble that somehow works. Wolitzer’s middle-aged moms are flawed: selfish, neurotic, and occasionally petty. But they — and their conflicts — feel vividly, satisfyingly real. A-

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