by Nora Ephron

EphronScreen shot 2013-03-01 at 2.51.50 PMHow Rachel deals with the break up of her marriage, with the help of humor, group therapy, and cooking.

Opening paragraph:  The first day I did not think it was funny.  I didn’t think it was funny the third day either, but I managed to make a little joke about it.  “The most unfair thing about this is that I can’t even date.”  Well, you had to be there, as they say, because when I put it down on paper it doesn’t sound funny.  But what made it funny (trust me) is the word “date,” which when you say it out loud at the end of a sentence has a wonderful teenage quality, and since I am not a teenager (okay, I’m thirty-eight), and since the reason I was hardly in a position to date on first learning that my second husband had taken a lover was that I was seven months pregnant, I got a laugh on it, though for all I know my group was only laughing because they were trying to cheer me up.  I needed cheering up.  I was in New York, staying in my father’s apartment, I was crying most of the time, and every time I stopped crying I had to look at my father’s incredibly depressing walnut furniture and slate-gray lamps, which made me start crying again.

Quotes from critics:  “Great fun….Though Heartburn bristles ferociously with wit, it’s not lacking in soul.” (New York Times Book Review); “warm, witty and wise” (Harper’s Bazaar);  “The original Tina Fey” (The Believer); “sudden, original, and hilarious” (actor Martin Short)

Bio:  Nora Ephron (1941-2012) was an American journalist, essayist, novelist, film writer and director.  She wrote screenplays—including Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia—and essays—including Crazy Salad and I Feel Bad About My Neck.  Her husband Carl Bernstein’s affair inspired to write this novel—every divorcee’s revenge fantasy.