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Heart of the Matter: A Novel

by Emily Giffin

St. Martin's Press | March 15, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Heart of the Matter: A Novel is rated 3.8571 out of 5 by 7.

A powerful, provocative novel about marriage and motherhood, love and forgiveness.

Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have 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.

This is the 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.

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.2 × 5.49 × 1.02 in

Published: March 15, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312554176

ISBN - 13: 9780312554170

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read Emily Giffin is a talented writer that creates an enemy that is hard not to love. This book is an easy read but will not leave you dissappointed. 
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to Put Down. A Story Well Told. This was my favourite Emily Giffin book. Mistakes are made, and people are hurt, but nobody is the villain. It's an honestly told story about situations that good people find themselves in, about overcoming and forgiveness. I enjoyed this book so much, and was sorry to finish it. I wish there was a sequel so I could continue to read about the lives of these characters and see what their futures hold.
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! I bought this book, not having any expectations. In fact I had halfway read through her last book, Something Borrowed and given up. But was I richly rewarded by reading this. Not at all what I expected. The characters were totally relatable. I found myself understanding both Tess and Valerie's point of view. Emily Giffin has written a gem of a book and I highly recommend it to all those who enjoy a book that humanizes fictional characters
Date published: 2013-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A sad story I wanted to give this book 2 stars, but because I was curious (until the end) to see how it ended, I gave it 3 stars. It was mostly just a sad book. Tessa, the unhappy stay-at-home mom. Nick, the mal-contented husband. Valerie, the single mother coping with an injured child. Sad sad sad. There is a nice Rachel/Dex overlap from the "Something Borrowed" series - and at least they were happy! This book could have used some chapters from Nick's perspective (it alternated Tessa and Valerie's perspectives, which was a good feature). Nick, what on earth were you thinking?? Not the light read we usually expect from Emily Giffin.
Date published: 2012-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching and Thought provoking! Another great book by Emily Giffin. I love her writing style. A touching story with a couple of twists, thought provoking. You really need to think about what you would do in this situation.
Date published: 2012-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT! After reading the back of the book, I was a little hesitant to buy it as it seemed like it would be a bit dry - definetaly not dry at all. I thought the characters wer COMPLETELY believable and was suprised by how much I enjoyed the book from start to finish. I have read all of Emily Giffin's novels and this one I found to be one of the best, but still think Baby Proof takes the top spot.
Date published: 2012-06-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Her Best This is a spin-off from "Something Borrowed". The story involves Dex's sister, Tessa and her husband, Nick, and a incident that alters there life together. The story is not bad it is just that the characters and their choices lack believability.
Date published: 2011-05-16

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Heart of the Matter: A Novel

by Emily Giffin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.2 × 5.49 × 1.02 in

Published: March 15, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312554176

ISBN - 13: 9780312554170

About the Book

"A powerful, provocative novel about marriage and motherhood, love and forgiveness."""

Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have 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 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.

Read from the Book

TESSA: Whenever I hear of someone else’s tragedy, I do not dwell on the accident or diagnosis, or even the initial shockwaves or aftermath of grief. Instead, I find myself reconstructing those final, ordinary moments. Moments that make up our lives. Moments that were blissfully taken for granted—and that likely would have been forgotten altogether but for what followed. The before snapshots. I can so clearly envision the thirty-four-year-old woman in the shower one Saturday evening, reaching for her favorite apricot body scrub, contemplating what to wear to the party, hopeful that the cute guy from the coffee shop will make an appearance, when she suddenly happens upon the unmistakable lump in her left breast. Or the devoted, young father, driving his daughter to buy her first-day-of-school Mary Janes, cranking up Here Comes the Sun on the radio, reminding her for the umpteenth time that the Beatles are “without a doubt the greatest band of all time,” as the teenaged boy, bleary-eyed from too many late-night Budweisers, runs the red light. Or the brash high-school receiver, full of promise and pride, out on the sweltering practice field the day before the big football game, winking at his girlfriend from her usual post at the chain-link fence, just before leaping into the air to make the catch nobody else could have made—and then twisting, falling headfirst on that sickening, fluke angle. I think about the thin, fragile line separating all of us
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From the Publisher

A powerful, provocative novel about marriage and motherhood, love and forgiveness.

Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have 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.

This is the 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 the Author

Emily Giffin is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels, including Something Borrowed, which has been adapted as a major motion picture. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her family. To learn more, visit www.emilygiffin.com.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] modern-day Jane Austen." —Vanity Fair   "In HEART OF THE MATTER, [Giffin] again uses her great wit and gift of storytelling to weave a tale that’s nuanced, empathetic and, at times, heartbreaking. Matters of the heart are always complicated, and Giffin deftly shows you why." —Associated Press "Giffin’s latest opens with one of the more haunting scenes in recent memory [and] towards the end things are so tense that the pages pop with each turn." —People "With [an] adulterous path outlined, Giffin could easily take sides. But she doesn''t. Instead, she alternates between Tessa''s and Valerie''s points of view, dissecting the feelings and insecurities that can dismantle even the most intelligent people… Amid all the angst, Giffin displays her trademark ability to capture the complexities of human emotions while telling a rip-roaring tale." —Washington Post "Giffin’s calling card has always been her ability to delve into the workings of relationships. But in her latest book the best-selling novelist probes deeper than ever… With intelligence, humor and piercing insight, Giffin shows that in matters of love, it is possible to be right and yet so wrong." —Family Circle "With realistic dialogue and a sharp depiction of relationships, Giffin crafts an emotional, effortless read." —More "Giffin beautifully shows how quickly need becomes love…[and her] chronicle of fluid, almost casual marital disconnect
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