Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Published February 18, 2021

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Book info

  • Title Heartburn
  • Author Nora Ephron
  • Year 1983
  • Genre Humour

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel discovers that her husband is in love with another woman. The fact that this woman has a 'neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb' is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel is a cookery writer, and between trying to win Mark back and wishing him dead, she offers us some of her favourite recipes. Heartburn is a roller coaster of love, betrayal, loss and - most satisfyingly - revenge.


I’ve read a couple of Nora’s non-fiction memoir style books but this is a work of fiction, although it still just feels like Nora sitting you down and telling you a story. It’s a relatively short book and I think that’s good because there’s not a lot of story or plot progression to follow.

The real treat of the book is just Nora’s wisdom and wit, the way she winds plots together and takes you on a journey right to the heart of the matter. And the matter this time is heartbreak, divorce, redemption and most of all love.

Rating: 3 / 5

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