by Nora Ephron

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307797902
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/17/2011
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,981
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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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Heartburn 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
kamknauss More than 1 year ago
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.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very clever and interesting. One of the better summer reads I bought this month.
Kathryn_M_Kelly More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a huge letdown! The funny parts were good but save some time and read Janet Evanovich.
grendelSC More than 1 year ago
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.
texangal_1 More than 1 year ago
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.
cotto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I devoured this little gem of a book one afternoon when I wasn't feeling particularly well. What a great choice. Easy reading and a pick-me-up type book which is interesting given the subject matter of being cheated on when 7 months pregnant with your husband's baby. Nora Ephron is of course from When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle fame so I wasn't expecting to be disappointed by this book. I think Helen Fielding is probably a Nora Ephron fan as both authors have the same knack for bringing humor to relationship problems in a very contemporary way that people now attribute to Bridget Jones but Heartburn was written in the 80s. I got through this one so quickly that it will definitely deserve more than one read and further examinations due to the recipes that she sprinkles into the story. Gives a bit more meaning to the title Heartburn. Food has definitely helped define several moments in my life and you associate certain foods with very specific experiences and I love how Rachel (the main character) does the same in recipes that I hear are really good. I have a feeling this book will turn into an old favorite along with some of the recipes after I try them out in the kitchen.
SallyMatthews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love 'Heartburn' because it's funny and sharp and completely different to anything in my own life. A story about a woman who discovers that her husband is having an affair when she is 6 months pregnant does not sound hilarious, but told by Norah Ephron the tale is witty, over the top and utterly vengeful. With recipes (which might not be worth trying - the measures don't sound correct...). I love New York, and this is as tangy as Wall street on an early May morning. Wonderful.
slipstitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short, fun novel about a Jewish woman, pregnant and on her second marriage, who digests its breakup through recipes and food. Strongly voiced and fun, a little more than just fun but not much.
stephaniechase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, the writing and dialogue feels so dated; it's hard to get into what is an excellent story. I think I will watch the movie.
booklove2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet little book made even sweeter by the recipes through out. I love that idea!! I also loved how witty and hilarious the writing was, despite the main characters situation. I read this because it was involved with 'The Reading Group' by Elizabeth Noble - one of the books a fictional book group reads.
kelawrence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I'm a little late to the party (this book was published in 1983) but the subject matter remains contemporary and the emotions the main character goes through are "spot on" in 2011. I have never seen the movie, but with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, I'll bet it's great. I enjoyed the book, and would pick up another one from this author. It ran a bit long at times, but all in all a good read.
indygo88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although the popularity of this book reached its peak a few decades ago & some of the references are somewhat dated, I still can't help but really enjoy Nora Ephron's biting, on-the-mark sense of humor. Ephron's 'When Harry Met Sally' is my all-time favorite movie, & I did see lots of similarities in this novel. It's a quick read, witty, & will make you laugh out loud (if you're a woman).
madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hysterically funny and one more example of why you should never judge a book by its movie. Meryl Streep? Were they kidding? It's also where I got my highly successful stock market strategies.
kristenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This didn't have nearly as much about food as its reputation suggests, but it was a super fun (and fast) read regardless. It probably really helps to remember the early 80s, including politics. Along with this being very autobiographical, I recognized lines from several of her movies, but they were great lines that deserved further use. And the father certainly seemed like what I remembered of Walter Matthau in the trailers to Hanging Up.It's written in the style where the narrator already knows you -- or at least figures you for a very specific audience -- and thus you get low-exposition lines like "I was having lunch with my friend Marie, at the omelet place on Sixty-first Street." I'm a fan of that style. Although I did wonder why, with all the Judaism detail, she also mentioned eating bacon. I also (truly) appreciated that I had to look up a few words.A few subplots are suggested but never go anywhere. In fact I was surprised by how quickly -- even abruptly -- the book ended. It felt almost more like the first half of a book. So much was set up. But there are many hilarious bits -- like when she describes what pregnancy is like for the usually flat-chested, or reacting to news of a boyfriend's infidelity with 'Who's been eating my porridge?'Speaking of the early 80s, the Note on the Type in the back informs us that the text "was set via computer-driven cathode ray."
jayceebee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book will make you laugh out loud...if you are a woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our girl is completely blindsided by her unfaithful spouse while pregnant with their second son. She manages to keep up with her daily activities by calling on inner strength and stronger friends.
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feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
"My mother taught me many things when I was growing up, but the main thing I learned from her is that everything is copy. She said it again and again, and I have quoted her saying it again and again. As a result, I knew the moment my marriage ended that someday it might make a book – if I could just stop crying. One of the things I’m proudest of is that I managed to convert an event that seemed to me hideously tragic at the time to a comedy – and if that’s not fiction, I don’t know what is." It seems our talented Nora Ephron paved the way for all the Taylor Swifts in the world who choose to artfully publicize their heartbreaks and betrayals. I get it, I really do. It's the perfect combination of coping and revenge, and apparently it worked for Ms. Ephron and resulted in the bestseller: Heartburn. I ended up really liking this book. It's brief, funny, down to earth, and it offers amazing recipes...some of which I am looking forward to trying very much. Heartburn details the demise of Ms. Ephron's marriage, much to her husband's real-life dismay. But she does not play the role of a victim or seek pity from her audience in any way. It's like sitting around the dinner table listening to a woman recount the most ridiculous experience she's ever had. The table is roaring with wine-induced laughter and she hasn't even gotten to the good part yet! That is the tone of this book...and the fact that the audio is narrated by the amazing Meryl Streep just added to the experience. I'm glad I finally read this book and I plan to watch the movie soon. My favorite quote: “Most cooking is based on elementary longstanding principles, and to say cooking is creative not only misses the point of creativity, which is that it is painful and difficult and quite unrelated to whether it is possible to come up with yet another way to cook a pork chop, but also misses the whole point of cooking which is that it is totally mindless. What I love about cooking is that after a hard day, there is something comforting about the fact that if you melt butter and add flour and then hot stock, it will get thick! It’s a sure thing! It’s sure thing in a world where nothing is sure; it has a mathematical certainty in a world where those of us who long for some kind of certainty are forced to settle for crossword puzzles.”
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
This is one of those not-for-everyone books. I think it just clicks for you, or it doesn't. For me, it did. I like the main character, and love her storytelling. She's pregnant. Her husband is in love with another woman who runs in their social circle. She talks about everything and even throws in a few recipes. Everything is told with a spark and often a bit of snark. It kept me interested.
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Comin outside.....