As I “struggled” with my mixed feelings concerning The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitizer, I was interested to see how my bookclub would take it. It was quite a discussion AND relatively short.
The seven ladies that attended the meeting seemed to agree, The Ten-Year Nap felt like a ten year nap. Many of them commented that they kept waiting for something to happen. And, they were a little embarrassed to say they only got excited with Ian crashing to the beach and the possible affair turned expense accout stealing (and thought that was a little anti-climatic).
A couple of my book club friends felt shocked by some of the behaviors of these mothers. One mother was really upset with Jill and her feelings for Nadia. Many of us were a little weired out with the mother who nursed another mother’s baby. Yet, one of our bookclubbers admitted she would do the same thing (after a discussion with the baby’s mother). None of us thought much of any of the characters. I know I didn’t like any of them.
We had some conversations about feminism, marriage, friendship and parenting. This discussion did lead to some “getting to know” each other better comments. In that respect, this book was fun. We did have a good time laughing and telling the women who didn’t finish or read the book the things they missed. When retelling some of the points of the book, it sounded unbelievable. I commented that I was a little disappointed that the book was not as balanced as I had hoped. Some of the others seemed to agree.
All in all, the group put this book near the bottom of the list of books we’ve read. Then, we started to discuss which books we’ve read that were good and were bad. There was definitely some different opinions here. But, The Ten Year Nap didn’t make the top on anyone’s list.
STAY TUNED TOMORROW FOR A REVIEW OF THE ACCIDENTAL BESTSELLER by WENDY WAX…….Let’s just say, this one is a winner!