Heartburn

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 17, 2011 - Fiction - 192 pages
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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 a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.

 

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User Review  - bostonterrio - LibraryThing

Three stars because it was OK. Not good but not awful. Found the characters to be kind of shallow. Gives the reader a dismal look at how marriages (in the 80's) were treated so casually. Today the same sort of casual attitude is given to relationships but maybe we are simply used to it by now. Read full review

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User Review  - SirRoger - LibraryThing

Let me just tell you that listening to Meryl Streep read/perform this book is a real treat. When I read it seven years ago, I really liked it. But it's no surprise, considering Ephron's success with ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
30
Section 4
43
Section 5
61
Section 6
70
Section 7
86
Section 8
99
Section 9
113
Section 10
128
Section 11
149
Section 12
160
Section 13
166
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About the author (2011)

Nora Ephron was the author of the bestselling I Feel Bad About My Neck as well as Heartburn, Crazy Salad, Wallflower at the Orgy, and Scribble Scribble. She wrote and directed the hit movie Julie & Julia and received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally. . ., Silkwood, and Sleepless in Seattle, which she also directed. Her other credits include the script for the stage hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore with Delia Ephron. She died in 2012.




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