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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
From the Back Cover
Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter. Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has "a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs" is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron's irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect souffle.
Top customer reviews
"Heartburn" is a story of love, betrayal, bewilderment, loss, regrouping. She discovers she is being two-timed by her trusted husband while she is nine months pregnant. He is a famous D.C. journalist. It is hilarious and heartbreaking in turn, but a deftly written page-turner, and you really come to care for the author. She lived a somewhat privileged east-coast life but never lost touch with the things that delight and infuriate. In the end, her innate personality, so self-deprecating with a sly smile, is redemptive. She picks up the pieces of her life as we all do or hope to do, and carries on. I loved this book and did not want it to end.
Not funny at all, it did not sit right with me.
I am not one to follow ones life (even though the Authour claims it's fiction) of just continual negative boring ongoing rubbish.
It was a book club choice therefore not something I would normally read.
Now I know why!!