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‘Think Sex and the City with less sex and more nappies’ Ladies First

For a group of four New York friends, the past ten years have been defined by marriage and motherhood. Educated to believe that they and their generation would conquer the world, they nonetheless left high-powered jobs to stay at home with their babies. What was intended as a temporary time-out has turned into a decade. Now at forty, with their kids growing up, Amy, Jill, Roberta and Karen wake up to a life and a future that is not what they intended. Illicit affairs, money problems, issues with children and husbands all rear their heads, as the friends wonder if it’s time for a change.


This one shouldn't be only for chicks. It's for everyone. It asks far-reaching questions about the place of women in society and within the family unit, but it asks also whether life has been fair to men

Daily Telegraph

The latest novel from the excellent Meg Wolitzer presents four New York mothers emerging from a decade in babyland... a wonderful study of muddy equivocation, a hilarious yet compassionate examination of the primordial slime and the modern woman


Terrific... Wolitzer's novels have always been exemplars of the motto that the personal is political. [Offers] many pleasing, surprising contrasts

Erica Wagner, The Times

It made me think about a woman's eternal problem of balancing the love she has for her children with what to do when they finally leave home. A serious, meaty read


Her books have this peculiar knack of being both very funny and uncomfortable, and her dissection of marital relationships is second to none

Woman & Home

Wolitzer is as precise and rigorous an observer of social status as Tom Wolfe; she is as incisive and pitiless and clear-eyed a chronicler of female-male tandems as Philip Roth or John Updike.

Chicago Tribune

Wolitzer perfectly captures her women's resolve in the face of a dizzying array of conflicting loyalties.

The Washington Post

Concerned mothers are talking about a new novel, The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

Evening Standard

Her best novel to date... Writing with candour and humour, Wolitzer captures the neuroses of a rarefied mommy elite.

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

Wolitzer is wickedly, terrifically funny - a true delight

Natalie Sandison, The Times Review

This might well make you see work in a new light

William Leith, London Evening Standard, & London Lite

Smart and clever...Wolitzer could describe paint drying and make it funny, but there are hard questions posed in her portrait of these fortysomething urban females

Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

What comes after chick-lit? Mum-lit, perhaps - but tales of hyper-active kids, moribund marriages and the career opportunities that got away will seldom match Wolitzer's wit, bite and schmaltz-free sympathy


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  • Paperback


    September 1, 2009


    352 pages

    RRP $19.99

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