Heartburn

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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...

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Overview

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 wiching 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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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679767954
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 132,409
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Ephron

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    portrait of a breakup...

    Heartburn is an incredibly honest, poignant, and humorous portrayal of the breakup of a marriage. Although, the novel is based on the author's own story, it's a universal story of the demise of a marriage. You will cry. You will laugh! Enjoy...

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Very clever and interesting. One of the better summer reads I bo

    Very clever and interesting. One of the better summer reads I bought this month.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    Excellent

    I love Nora Ephron's writing. I always feel like her newer essays and books are so short and leave me wanting more. I decided to dig up this book and loved it. I watched the movie afterward, which I somehow missed as a child; both were great.
    Reading this book with the perspective that it is at least 30 years since these things have happened in her life (it's heavily based on true events) is highly recommended if you are a Nora Ephron fan. I've read her lists of advice and going back to this book is the beginning of how she got there. It's good to read it and know that her life has a happy ending and that she is in a good relationship now. It's also important for women to know that they can give everything of themselves and that if someone doesn't love you, it's futile. I think it's an empowering book in a sneaky way. I don't think she wanted to be empowered, but was forced into it. It was still ultimately all the more gratifying.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    Heartburn is one of the funniest books I have ever read. At the

    Heartburn is one of the funniest books I have ever read. At the same time, it is a very a very heart felt book. Buckle-up for a roller-coaster ride through the landscape of a marriage approaching its end; I could feel the mounting ' tension in the air' as each new revelation unfolded. By the end of the book I had heartburn. The story is peppered with Ms. Ephron's recipes. I highly recommend the recipe for vinaigrette dressing; this has been my 'go to' salad dressing recipe since I first read Heartburn in 1983. Heartburn is one darn good read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    ????

    I really wanted to like this book but found it unsettling. I know it was supposed to be funny but it actually came across more disturbing than entertaining or humorous. Sorry but I tried!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    You hear a thump.....

    Comin outside.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Ash

    Wrong timing? *smiles*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Evan

    Evan shrugged. "Nothing much, just listening to a new track i just bought." He shrugged. "How about you?" <p> Of course! And okay, Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Ariel to aspen

    Keep writing!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Aspen

    "Nice, and nothing really." Aspen turned to look at Ash. "Haha, no it's fine." <p> Awe, thanks so much! You're all so nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Stupid!

    Don't waste your money! Terrible book and an even worse ending

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Loved the movie w/Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholsen

    Haven't read the book yet; it's on my Nook to read list. The movie was so great; also loved the soundtrack which I highly recommend. Norah Ephron was such a great novelist, I would also call her a satirist ; her stories are based on her own life. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    To Starrywing

    That was terrible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Fallen Shadows~ Prologue

    Fallen Shadows~ Prologue: A former queen laid on a dark, muddy ground. It was not a forest-friendly ground. It was something darker. The queen's black fur was torn, as if she had been in battle, one with cats bearing long claws of steel and herself bearing claws of bone, one which every cat has. Her face was covered, giving the look of sadness. The trees around her seemed to bend over along with her. Something there was wrong. Completely. "Why are you so sad?" A sudden voice came from above the queen. A tall, muscular she-cat stood. She was a mirror image of the queen, except for the deep scar across the other cat's right eye. "My kits.....they were murdered by my clanmates!" the queen stammered mournfully. She did not look up at the large cat standing next to her. "Dreamshadows," the she whispered with a icy voice, smooth yet haunting," Hush. You have had enough time to cry. They are not your clanmates. They are your enemies. Tell me how you feel." The queen, Dreamshadows, hesitatly looked up. If she could see her surrondings, she would have been able to find that this place was not safe for her. But she only saw the large cat. "Who are you? How can you be so certain?" Dreamshadows whispered. The cat nodded. "It is good to question," she replied, seeing a new approch," I am Fallen from the Shadows, but you can call me either Fallen or Shadows. I was a tribe cat of a brilliant tribe. It was homely." What Fallen wasn't telling her was that her tribe killed others, just for revenge. "You can really help me?" Dreamshadows challenged. "I can do more. I can give you what you most desire.........revenge." *** Fallen watched as Dreamshadows disappeared from the Tribe of Endless Darkness. Her mission had been completed sucessfully. "Well done. You have not yet failed," a frozen cold voice growled at Fallen. "What makes you think that I will fail?" Fallen questioned, not pleased with the remark. "Shardteller knows more than you think, Fallen from the Shadows. You need to respect that." Two other cats stepped out. Their eyes were blanklessly gray, and their coats silky white. Both front paws were red of blood. "You have much to learn, Fallen from the Shadows. Give her the Claw." As the other cat backed away, screams of horrible pain covered the black forest. Howls echoed back. "Soon," the cat muttered," soon." ~by Starrywing---- Hope you guys enjoyed! The narrated form switches back between Dreamshadows and Fallen.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Hunting grounds

    |Heartstar|

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    short

    Short read, the plot feels short

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    good, but not great and I love Nora

    A so,so read...could have been better I think

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Should not have bought this! Wasted $9.99 + tax. Only 130 page

    Should not have bought this! Wasted $9.99 + tax. Only 130 pages, but
    guess that's ok because it is 130 pages of wasted time.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    I really enjoyed reading this book, it will make you laugh out loud, this is my second book by Nora Ephron, love her humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Meh....

    It was a huge letdown! The funny parts were good but save some time and read Janet Evanovich.

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