Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

66%

7 Critic Reviews

Longtime fans will enjoy the cameos, but newcomers will be better off with one of Giffin's earlier, better works.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

"Giffin excels at creating complex characters and stories that ask us to explore what we really want from our lives."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance--and even to some degree, friendships--believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin's Heart of the Matter creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

 

About Emily Giffin

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Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of four other New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, and Heart of the Matter, she now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.
 
Published May 6, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 381 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Heart of the Matter
All: 7 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 4

Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jan 18 2010

Longtime fans will enjoy the cameos, but newcomers will be better off with one of Giffin's earlier, better works.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Apr 14 2011

It is not often enough that a book contains all of the elements to maintain its reader's attention. To find a story written in a way that keeps you engaged...

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 22 2011

...fans will be pleased to know that their favorite author continues to bring a fresh perspective and keen sensitivity to the issues that matter most to them.

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The Washington Post

Below average
on May 19 2010

If only Nick were a more plausible object of these women's affections. While a nice butt and a compassionate bedside manner are a plus, they're not enough to show why he's worth all the fuss.

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Suite 101

Above average
on Sep 07 2010

...the switching from first person to third person between the perspectives of Tessa and Valerie was a little distracting.

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Dallas News

Above average
on May 30 2010

The plot is not terribly complicated or surprising...

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
on May 08 2010

...a novel that is consistently engrossing right to the surprising finish.

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