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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.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1983
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679767954
Characteristics: 179 p. ; 22 cm


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Nov 20, 2017

Enjoyed this book, both for its "laughter through tears" story of a faithless husband (a much more well-known than the savaged husband in Fussell's "Kitchen Wars"), who just never got how creepy his behavior was. These books should be read in tandem for different approaches to a similar story. Though not as self-revealing as Fussell's book Ephron's inimitable humor and spirit, along with the actually cookable recipes, make for a great read!

Aug 21, 2015

Heartburn by Nora Ephron is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I loved everything about it, from the comedy, to the seriousness, to the cooking recipes that you could do at home, to the life lesson that she learned, it was great. I enjoyed reading every single part of it. The story is about a woman named Rachel Samstat who is 7 months pregnant and discover her husband has been cheating on her and claims he loves her. I thought that was a really interesting storyline to begin with and Rachel perspective was fun to read and was very interesting. I enjoyed it because it seemed very relatable to others problems in marriage even thought I didn’t relate. For me my favourite parts were the jokes even though they weren’t relatable they were funny and made me actually burst out laughing and smiling thinking of it. Rachel was a great character, I loved small things about her personality, she was a very realistic person that people would know in there every day lives. I do recommend this book if you like humor and romances, and okay endings to a book. If I could give this book a rating from 1 – 10 it would be an 8 because even thought I loved and enjoyed this book a lot I felt that the endings didn’t satisfy me. I wish the book was longer so I could know where she actually goes from and she how she stays or ends the relationship with her husband. Overall a good read, and would recommend it to others.

deborah2252 Oct 24, 2012

Most men are pigs. Nora was, and is, a gem.

Sep 18, 2012

Due to my recent Nora Ephron obsession (her books and movies), I just re-read Heartburn and I remembered I forgot how deliciously good this novel is. It's very funny ... it's as though Nora is speaking to you as a friend about her doomed second marriage to Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame (although she's changed the names Nora and Carl to Rachel and Mark). Yes, the subject matter is very sad but Nora manages to make you laugh most of the way through this novel. And I love how she effortlessly works recipes into the narrative (recipes you may want to try).

Jan 31, 2011

Another New York chick lit novel - every page an education in yiddish or J-glish - had to look some of the words up to see if they were actual words! Traumas of a pregnant woman going through a divorce in a crazy family. Started skipping to end. Why is Nora Ephron so popular again? Why is she so published?

Nov 11, 2010

I can't stand Ephron's politics, but she writes a good book. Finished it in a day.


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