Literature Chick dishes on the "Nap" that prevents Moms from going back to work full-time.
When my kids turned 3 and 6, I was faced with the fact that I had to return to work. Recently separated and in financially precarious straits, I could no longer rely on my freelance writing to pay the mortgage or put food on the table. Even though I had worked off and on while raising my children, it proved exceedingly difficult to find a full-time position. The realization that I might not be able to get a job was like a punch in the gut.
In her newest work, The Ten-Year Nap, author Meg Wolitzer addresses this exact scenario. Told from the points of view of four friends, the book focuses on the crossroads a woman experiences when her children no longer need her full-time but she is unable to re-enter the workforce.
Wolitzer delivers a book that teeters on the edge of being the The Feminist Mystique of our day. Her voice and message are important ones--do women give up a part of themselves upon becoming mothers? Can women re-enter the workforce after taking a long sabbatical? Does there always have to be a choice between motherhood and career?
Whether they are stay-at-home or working moms, all women will find a piece of themselves in The Ten-Year Nap.