Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Ten Year Nap
The Ten Year Nap is the story about a group of friends that live in New York City. They share a bond…motherhood. They came from the working class to stay-at-home moms. Of course it wasn’t planned to stay at home. In all of the ladies cases, they assumed that they would go on maternity leave and come back to work. That was ten years ago. What happened?
Well in Amy’s case, she truly meant to only take off twelve weeks and go back to work. That was the deal her and her husband, Leo made. They had both been working at the same law firm. After the twelve weeks. Amy just couldn’t tear herself away from caring for Marty. He needed her and everything else at that point seemed meaningless. You could say that is pretty much the same situation for the rest of the women…Karen, Antonia, and Jill.
Now they are re-evaluating their lives. They are wondering how time could have passed so quickly. Some of them are even debating going back to work but are they ready to face life outside of motherhood?
At the beginning I really liked the book but towards the middle there became too many different characters to keep track of. This was a little distracting and made the story a little hard to follow. Something else that turned me off was that some of the women seemed really whiny. They would complain about their husbands not doing enough to help pitch in with all the housework and taking care of the kids. Now I have nothing against complaining but these women would not even talk to their husbands about their feelings. How are you suppose to try and fix anything if the other person does not know what is wrong? What I did like about this story was that it showed that mothers are just as important as the working class women.
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