Meg Wolitzer's The Ten-Year Nap came out in 2008, but it's still got us talking. In the process of suggesting picks for our own book clubs, my coworkers and I realized that this smart, conversation-starting story of four stay-at-home moms is perfect material for a podcast.
The novel centers on Amy, Karen, Jill and Roberta, four women who live in (and around) New York City and who, for various reason, have decided to stay home with their kids.
BookPage interviewed Wolitzer when the novel came out, and she said then that she wrote The Ten-Year Nap "as a way to examine the multiple reasons women stay away or want to go back."
In this podcast, BookPage editors Abby, Kate, Trisha and I chat about some of the oh-so-real themes in the novel (like not living up to the expectations you've set for yourself); why this is a prime pick for book clubs; and whether Wolitzer writes a fair and balanced portrayal of women's lives. Enjoy!
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Already read The Ten-Year Nap? Wolitzer's new novel, The Uncoupling, comes out April 5—and a little bird tells me it's our next top pick for fiction.