Heartburn - Nora Ephron


By Nora Ephron

  • Release Date: 1983-03-12
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4
From 339 Ratings


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.


  • Dated feminism

    By Calamity-amity
    Wonderful and unique storytelling but definitely dated in respect to feminism today. The ending won’t necessarily piss you off, but you won’t be satisfied.
  • Great Storytelling

    By Toni FGMAMTC
    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.
  • <3

    By chloebryan10
    I am 14 years old and this book inspired me immensely, it just comes to show how inpirational Nora is. I wish to thank her, although, she is no longer with us I feel as if she lives through her books. I will carry her legacy thourout my life.
  • Loved it.

    By Mar70en
    Laughed or almost cried on every page. Sad she is gone.