Heartburn / Nora Ephron, 1983.
This book is full of laugh-out-loud moments, even if it’s quite negative on the prospect of marriage ever working out. I guess I can’t really object to that last bit though, as the blurb is clear: ‘Heartburn’ is about a woman whose husband has an affair while she’s pregnant. Ephron, who based the plot on her own experience, writes in the 2004 introduction: “It is one of the most fascinating things to me about the whole episode: he cheated on me, and then got to behave as if he was the one who had been wronged because I wrote about it!”
She manages to be funny where you’d think she’d be just furious, although sometimes I’d have liked her to be a bit angrier. But Nora Ephron is a genius. The best parts - and there are a great many - are when she drops in her scolding observations: “I was fascinated by the story. I couldn’t believe that anyone would be so sexually driven that he might actually skip lunch - and after an auction! I think of myself as a healthy person with a strong sex drive, but it’s never occurred to me to forgo meals.”
Loved this book. Read it!