Ephron also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation. The novel is a vivid depiction of the breakdown of a marriage. Its strong autobiographical content provides insight into one of the "power couples" of the late s. Plot[ edit ] The narrator of the novel is Rachel Samstat based on Nora Ephron , a food writer who is married to Mark Feldman based on Carl Bernstein , a political journalist. They have one son, Sam, and Rachel is pregnant with their second child as the book begins. The book wittily describes the life of an upper middle class intellectual couple replete with neuroses—Rachel is in group therapy , Mark agonizes over the mystifying disappearance of his socks.
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Shelves: the-movie-was-better , your-cheatin-heart The night before I got married, my future in-laws hosted a rehearsal dinner for our wedding party and our out-of-town guests.
When we gathered in the living room late in the evening to make a toast to our future marriage, one of the Brooklyn relatives came over and grabbed me by the shoulders and turned me to face everyone in the room. She then pointed dramatically to my future husband and said in a very loud voice, You see him?
You see this man you want to marry? Well, look at him now, honey. The night before I got married, my future in-laws hosted a rehearsal dinner for our wedding party and our out-of-town guests. Look at him and think of every bad habit he has, because whatever he does. Nora Ephron, the writer of Heartburn, must not have had an annoying relative from Brooklyn to scare her straight. Nora Ephron was married to her first husband, then divorced after 9 years. She then married her second husband, the famous journalist, Carl Bernstein, and their marriage produced two children but ended badly after she discovered he was having an affair with another woman.
She married a third man. Rachel Samstat, the protagonist of Heartburn, was married to her first husband, then divorced after 9 years. She then married her second husband, the journalist Mark Feldman, and their marriage produced two children but ended badly after she discovered he was having an affair with another woman.
Get it? The nuts and bolts are here. To be honest, this book was a crying shame for me. It could have been SO much more than it is. I wanted to jump in and rewrite passages. I wanted to jump in and make these characters feel more real. Occasionally there was true feeling here, but then POOF, it was gone. I felt like the whole novel was written by a nervous Pomeranian dog.
So, all is not lost. But, frankly, this "novel" gave me heartburn.