Doubleday 2020 ( This edition with introduction by Dolly Alderton) First published 2006
*Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from.
*If the shoe doesn’t fit in the shoe store, it’s never going to fit.
*When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.
*Anything you think is wrong with your body at thirty-five you will be nostalgic for by the age of forty-five.
Well, thank you so much Alison Barrow at Penguin Random House for introducing me to Nora by sending me this fabulous book. I must add that I do have the Virago Modern Classics edition of Heartburn because the book is gorgeous and the bookseller told me it was brilliant. It has just been bumped to the top of my TBR.
What to say about this book, I suppose if you are familiar with Nora then you know, otherwise, well, just grab a copy quick! A collection of essays, varying in length up to maybe 30 pages but all highly engaging, readable and relatable. Ephron writes with wit about issues that effect women. These essays tended to be light; her curiosity with the obsession some women have with bags – I am one of those women, but Ephron’s observations made me laugh, as her friend sat in a cafe despairing at the thought of her ridiculously expensive, previously owned Hermes bag being destroyed by the rain, because it was yet to be weatherproofed!
Ephron’s writing feels very unique, sharp with a hint of sarcasm whilst always remaining warm and humourous. Reflecting on her own actions and recognising her own foolishness at times, we can all relate to the quote about the nostalgia for our bodies of years gone by can’t we, isn’t this a well observed but universal trait of women?
I consumed this book over a matter of hours, my only gripe being I wish it was longer, but lucky for me this is just the start of my Ephron journey. Thank you again to Alison for sending me this book and a quick mention of how gorgeous this edition is. French flaps and a sturdy paperback cover give this book a classic Penguin feeling, making this such a perfect gift for all the women in your life – spanning ages, there are words of wisdom packed in these pages which will resonate with women at any point in life.
About the Author
Nora Ephron was the Academy Award winning screenwriter and film director of When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and Julie & Julia.
She was also a bestselling novelist (Heartburn was made into a film starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep) and journalist. Her last books, I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing, were huge international bestsellers. She died in 2012.