She’s a foodie. He’s a journalist. She’s 7 months pregnant. He cheats on her. A book about a somewhat typical married couple, splitting their time between New York and Washington D.C. Hilariously written and with simple recipes sporadically thrown in, Heartburn is a well thought out and well-written first novel by Nora Ephron. Yes, we share a name. Yes, one of the reasons I chose to read this book is for the fact that we share a name. Another reason is that it’s Nora Ephron, who wrote the screenplay to Sleepless in Seattle (have yet to watch it), You’ve Got Mail (I probably should get around to watching this), When Harry Met Sally…, and Julie & Julia.
Rachel, the main character, was someone I instantly could relate to by just her love of food and cooking. Even though she makes some questionable decisions, one can’t help but root for her and hope that things will work out for her in the end. Mark was instantly unlikable for the sheer fact that he would cheat on Rachel while she was 7 months pregnant and his actions there after.
“Sometimes I believe that love is essential, and sometimes I believe that the only reason love is essential is that otherwise you spend all your time looking for it.” – Nora Ephron, Heartburn
The only con in this book for me was the pacing. There are flashbacks and segues interjected throughout the narrative, which I don’t particularly like in books. I feel like I have to keep track of a bunch of things. This is most likely why it took me some time to get through. I didn’t want to pick it up that much and ultimately just forced myself to go through because I did want to know what would happen in the end.
You definitely need to pay attention to read the cleverly written Heartburn by Nora Ephron. Even though it took me some time to get through it, I do recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind the flashbacks and segues.