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, & 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.
7 months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has "a neck as long as an arm & a nose as long as a thumb & 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 & loudly wishing him dead, Ephron's irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes & as airy as a perfect souffle.
“Great fun... Though Heartburn bristles ferociously with wit, it’s not lacking in soul.” (The New York Times Book Review)