Heartburn by Nora Ephron


Seven months pregnant and author of several cook books, Rachel Samstat finds herself in a pickle she never thought she would experience.  She has just discovered that her husband Mark had fallen in love with someone else.  Oh, and not just “any” someone, no, it would have to be a wife of someone both Rachel and Mark knew quite well.

As Rachel tells a friend, “The most unfair thing about this whole business, is that I can’t even date.”

As Rachel’s marriage breaks down, she turns to what she knows, cooking, and her therapy group, and even that proves to be a bit dangerous at times.  As Rachel and Mark try to still act as a couple at functions and friends homes, the layout turns into quite a humorous tale.



Heartburn is the first book I have read by Nora Ephron and I felt that it was about time I gave this author a try. Ephron, the creator of When Harry Met Sally, SIlkwood, and Sleepless in Seatle.  ANother strange draw for me to Heartburn was the fact that this book was actually based off the true happenings in the break up of Ephron’s real marriage to Carl Bernstein.  The book was close enough to hitting home that Carl threatened to sue Ephron.  Later, the book was made into a movie staring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.

Heartburn is a quick funny read, or in my case listen as I tried this one on audio.  The way Rachel gets back at Mark is pretty funny yet there are also moments that I wish she would quit giving him control.  I will definitely try something else by this author, and if you haven’t done so yourself, I recommend you try her as well.  Nora Ephron was definitely a part of the media culture we live in and should not be missed.

Heartburn takes place in Washington DC


8 thoughts on “Heartburn by Nora Ephron

  1. I don’t know why – or at least I’m scared to look into it too deeply – but I love the idea that the book is so close to real that she was threatened with a lawsuit.

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