What happens when smart, educated women temporarily leave the work force for motherhood — and somehow don't find their way back?
Growing up, Amy were told by their mothers that their generation would be different.You girls will be able to do just about anything you want, Amy's mother had predicted. And for a while, this was true. Amy and her friends went to good colleges and began careers as lawyers, film producers, bankers, and artists.
But after they got married and had babies, they decided for a variety of reasons to stay home, temporarily, to raise them. Now, ten years later, at age forty, with their children older and no longer in need of their constant presence, and without professions through which to define themselves, the four friends wonder how they got here — in lives so different from the ones they were brought up to expect — and why they have chosen to stay so long.