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Heartburn Paperback – May 28, 1996
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"Great fun. . . . Though Heartburn bristles ferociously with wit, it's not lacking in soul."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Nora Ephron's first novel is warm, witty and wise." —Harper's Bazaar
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I own a 1st edition of this book, and I'm NEVER selling it.
Nora Ephron's thinly disguised account of her marriage to famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein is laugh-out-loud funny in parts, though if you're looking for advice on how to save your marriage, the aforementioned tidbit is typical of the advice you'll get.
Rachel is seven months pregnant with her second child when she learns her husband is not only having an affair with a mutual acquaintance, but has fallen in love with her. This indignity is compounded because, due to Rachel's advanced preganancy, she can't even date. She does manage one innocent flirtation on the subway which, in true slapstick fashion, leads to armed robbery. Ah, the perils of life flitting between New York and Washington.
Short and savvy, this contemporary 80's novel is peppered with recipes since Rachel is a cookbook editor and host of her own cooking show. A collapsing marriage doesn't seem suitable for high-level comedy, but Nora Ephron makes it work and will have you laughing all the way to the bitter end.
Nora Ephron's HEARTBURN did that for me, and for that I will put it on my bookshelf, along with the many books that have served the same purpose.
On my second reading I could not remember if the story was based on the author's life. I was afraid that I might not enjoy it if it was pure fiction. I was wrong. The book is a very, very funny satire of the Washington scene, whch has not changed. It is also a tale of real angst and heartbreak.
What is basically a sad story has delicious veins of humor, wistfulness, sadness, prosaic pragmatism, and real recipes marbling through it, all of which magically meld into a satisfying whole: but that is what a work of art can do.
Today's re-reading of "Heartburn" was inspired by the revelation that Mark Felt is the real name of Deep Throat, the former FBI mole who fed Watergate information to Ephron's former husband, Carl Bernstein. In this roman a clef, the chatacter based on cheating-husband Bernstein is called "Mark Feldman." Today I read Ephron's admission, in the Huffington Post blog, that living with the knowledge of Deep Throat's true identity was a "very heavy burden."
So, was her estranged husband's character name inspired consciously by Deep Throat's name, or subconsciously?
I don't really need an answer to that question. However, it does prove that the novels we love are gifts that keep on giving. Thanks, Nora. Thanks, Mr. Felt--for everything.
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Such a strange and boring boo . I never give up on a book I've started reading but this I had t . I stopped before halfway and have the book awayPublished 5 days ago by Heather
Funny, quick read about relationships. Nothing enlightening or particularly sage about marriage but Rachel's sarcastic humor hold you till the end.Published 5 days ago by Jodeelo
I was really disappointed in this book - a chapter here and there were okay most of them not good at all. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Patricia A Cole
Nora's Heartburn was both heartbreaking and infuriating. Triumphant in the end, this book had me both wanting to slap sense into the woman, and comfort her. Read morePublished 22 days ago by April Howard
The perfect length. Full of Nora Ephron's quirky but wonderful humor. Great quick read.Published 1 month ago by DPep
So I gather this is a roman a clef about Ephron's marriage to Carl Bernstein:
page 14. The Nora Ephron character writes cookbooks for a living. Read more