by Nora Ephron


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Heartburn by Nora Ephron

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: 9780679767954
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1996
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 107,473
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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. 38 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.
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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Don't waste your money! Terrible book and an even worse ending
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Short read, the plot feels short