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Heartburn: VMC 40th Anniversary Edition

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/05/2018
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Bookseller Reviews

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Heartburn
My favourite book.
Ephron’s voice is as prominent in this semi-autobiographical novel as it is in the classic rom-com ‘When Harry Met Sally.’ This is without a doubt one of ... READ MORE
Uriah at York
Heartburn
Little and lovely
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It was a little batty, a little funny and a little sad. She managed to find the humour in a terrible situation.... READ MORE
Angie Groves at Blackpool
Heartburn
Turning the Tragic into the Comic
Nora Ephron's gift for turning tragedy into comedy is never clearer than in Heartburn. Ephron's voice is crystal clear in the novel while both the set-up a... READ MORE
Kieran at Liverpool One
Heartburn
Very interesting
With this book being one of our books of the month I thought I'd give it a read. I'm glad that I did. I loved the humour she has in the bad situation, alth... READ MORE
Kirsty@Scarborough
Heartburn
It will feed your soul and your stomach!
An absolute feast of a book full of sharp, witty and laugh out loud moments whilst also making you want to weep desperately. I loved it - all I want to do ... READ MORE
Hannah Kate at Liverpool One
Heartburn
The perfect book for times of heart ache
Heartburn is a raw yet light novel about a woman who suddenly finds herself in the ruins of her marriage. Ephron's narrator, Rachel, is feisty, clever and ... READ MORE
Kristina at Manchester Deansgate

Synopsis

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for June 2018

This is Nora Ephron's (screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle) roman a clef: 'I always thought during the pain of the marriage that one day it would make a funny book,' she once said - and it is!

I married him against all evidence. I married him believing that marriage doesn’t work, that love dies, that passion fades, and in so doing I became the kind of romantic only a cynic is truly capable of being.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel discovers that her husband Mark - a man who ‘would be capable of having sex with a Venetian blind’ - 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.

The breakdown of the late Ephron’s own marriage proved the perfect fuel for the hilarious, whip-smart revenge that is Heartburn, her only novel. Packed with snappy, hilarious, endlessly quotable one-liners – the stock-in trade of her award-winning screenplays - Heartburn is a roller coaster of love, betrayal, loss and - most satisfyingly - revenge.

'I have bought more copies of this book to give to people, in a frenzy of enthusiasm, than any other . . . Heartburn is the perfect, bittersweet, sobbingly funny, all-too-true confessional novel' - Nigella Lawson

Other books included in the VMC 40th anniversary series include: Frost in May by Antonia White; The Collected Stories of Grace Paley; Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault; The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann; Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith; The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy; Memento Mori by Muriel Spark; A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor; and Faces in the Water by Janet Frame

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349010359
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 169g
  • Dimensions: 194 x 126 x 16 mm

Customer Reviews

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Heartburn
So enjoyable
What a book this was , I read it in one go, I was feeling so many emotions . I felt like I was in the story with her at side her and just couldn’t put t... READ MORE
kerrielp
Heartburn
Such a gorgeous cover!
Firstly, thank you to the publisher for the review copy. I was over joyed it was a 'VMC40' version, which means it has a thoroughly delightful cover! Havin... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Heartburn
Lovely, light and lavish!
I'm not one for romantic comedy, so when I heard Nora Ephron had written this I was sceptical. However I am wonderfully surprised at how much I enjoyed thi... READ MORE
I King
Heartburn
Adored this book
This book was a real surprise to me. Not at all what I was expecting but a really gentle, though powerful story of normality and feminine struggle when you... READ MORE
Clare Thomas
Heartburn
Searingly funny depiction of adultery and betrayal
What a great depiction of adultery and betrayal. Ephron makes the very good point in her introduction to the Virago re-issue that this novel is often descr... READ MORE
J Beech
Heartburn
More painful than funny.
I'm a big fan of "When Harry Met Sally", written so brilliantly by Nora Ephron, so I was very keen to read this novel. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to... READ MORE
Andrew Hammond