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What Nora Knew Paperback – January 21, 2014
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"Beautifully emulating the Ephron-esque vibe, Linda Yellin's easygoing style and light humor elicit plenty of laughs - and lots of introspection. A fun and delightful read." (New York Journal of Books)
"We'll have what she's having. A buoyant second novel that will really keep you smiling." (More magazine)
"This lighthearted, fast-paced tale makes readers laugh out loud and root for the underdog." (RT Book Reviews)
"Hilarious. Unexpected. Knife-in-the-Side Sharp. Somewhere, surely, Nora Ephron is smiling." (Jennie Fields, author of The Age of Desire, on What Nora Knew)
"As romantic and fun as When Harry Met Sally or Sleepless in Seattle, Linda Yellin's hilarious, heartfelt novel is an urban fairy tale of sophisticated humor and touching charm." (Amanda Robb, national magazine journalist, on What Nora Knew)
"Reading Linda Yellin is like spending much-needed time with your funniest, dearest friend." (Mia March, author of Finding Colin Firth, on What Nora Knew)
"Filled with a delightful cast of characters, What Nora Knew is a smart, laugh-out-loud love story with a sparkling heroine. I loved it!" (Anita Hughes, author of Lake Como, on What Nora Knew)
"With What Nora Knew, Linda Yellin has written an irresistibly funny, authentic novel about the two-steps-forward-one-step-back pursuit of life, love and career in New York City. She writes for all of us with Molly Hallberg's laugh-out-loud, poignant inability to accept she's met her equal, while everyone around her takes the plunge. Yellin is a Nora Ephron inspired humorist with a voice of her own." (Kathryn Leigh Scott, author of Down and Out in Beverly Heels, on What Nora Knew)
"A snappy romp with just the right amount of charm and backbone. I laughed and cheered the whole way through!" (Laurie Notaro, author of The Potty Mouth at the Table, on What Nora Knew)
“A roller-coaster romp about a writer careening through love and work in Manhattan as she nears 40…Ephron’s influence is felt everywhere in this novel, from Sleepless in Seattle references to the emphasis on the need to make grand gestures…Any woman in the heroine’s age range who’s lived in New York will both laugh and wince at the accuracy of Yellin’s details. Those who want to live in New York can hang on for a fun ride.” (Publishers Weekly on What Nora Knew)
"Funny, fresh and written with flair.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“I laughed my way through Linda Yellin's What Nora Knew—when I wasn't nodding in recognition. Witty, wise, insightful,and altogether charming.” (Emily Listfield, author Best Intentions, on What Nora Knew)
“Linda Yellin’s lively story sparkles and dances off the page.” (Tracey Jackson, author Between a Rock and a Hard Place, on What Nora Knew)
“An engaging romp through one woman's quest to find love and happiness in Manhattan, Linda Yellin’s novel is by turns touching and funny, and her heroine has charm and chutzpah to spare.” (Christine Haag, author of Come to the Edge, on What Nora Knew)
About the Author
Linda Yellin writes humor pieces for More magazine. She wrote numerous short stories for Redbook magazine back when they still published short stories and was a regular guest on SiriusXM Radio’s women’s talk show, "Broadminded." Her writing career began in advertising where she wrote headlines for shampoos, hamburgers, and cheese. Get the scoop at LindaYellin.com.
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Do soul mates really exist or are they a Hollywood creation? Has modern technology made it easier or more challenging to find “the one”? And especially important for Molly, are we shortchanging ourselves when we settle? Molly combines real-world research with a deep dive into the wisdom found in Nora Ephron movies as she searches for answers. Through it all, Yellin’s lively writing kept me turning the pages and smiling at Molly's humorous observations about the dating scene and more importantly, about herself. After she breaks up cute to end her “good enough” relationship with a comfy chiropractor, Molly’s romantic blind spot nearly causes her to overlook her own Mr. Right. Luckily for Molly, this is one time life is destined to imitate art. After making me laugh and think line after line and chapter after chapter, Yellin delivers the very satisfying Nora Ephron ending that Molly and I both wanted.
I found Molly and her friends to be totally relatable. Smart, lively, witty. I know these women. I was single until I was 41. We used to say "dating was nothing but stories to tell your friends." Linda captured them to a tee.
Kudos to you, Linda Yellin. I think you did Nora Ephron proud.
Both YELLIN AND AUSTIN have distinct and styles and voices
" involve you viscerally in what happens next
" are hilarious - admitedly more Yellinesque laughter but both satyrically inclined
" make you fall in love with faulty characters who make terrible miistakes
" have characters whose families play havoc with their lives or embarrass them or cause them anguish or interfere
Yet both are fiercly attached to them
The Differences between Yellin and Austin are due to the centuries that seperate them. Yellins characters can marry for LOVE.
because they can support themselves. And the ingenious ways they find to do so are so hysterical that I was shaking with
laughter every other page.
Both rely on Satire.
However, Austin's women are doomed if they do not marry they must rely on the Kindness of brothers, uncles etc. - not a lot of laughs here.
BOTH ARE JUST THE BEST !
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