Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin (2010, Hardcover)
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|"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 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.|
|Number Of Pages||384 pages|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
|LC Classification Number||PS3607.I28H43 2010|
|"[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 is a powerful cautionary tale." Boston Globe "In HEART OF THE MATTER, Giffin delivers her best book yet. Once again she plays with the idea of point of view, but this time she wraps it into a single, tightly written narrative that creates an addictive page-turning sense of tension. [W]hat makes this novel special are the emotional depths to which Giffin takes her readers [and] the question of what the aftermath can possibly look like for these two likable characters is what keeps readers glued to Giffin''s engaging tale." Dallas Morning News "There are no easy answers here, in a novel that is consistently engrossing right to the surprising finish." Seattle Times "Giffin's latest novel delves deep into the all-too-tricky matters of the heart...this juicy read will make you feel like you're sneaking a peek into your best friend's diary." Redbook "Giffin''s books are fast-moving, emotionally absorbing stories about female friendships, marriage and childbirth." Chicago Tribune "Even as you steel yourself for [the book's pivotal moment], it''s hard to read when it happens, which is what sets this book a step above so many others...[Giffin] creates characters in Tessa, Valerie and Nick who are believable and mostly well-intentioned even as they make obviously bad choices." St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As HEART OF THE MATTER takes its time documenting the inexorable slide toward an affair, the slow-moving sequence of events rings true." Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Emily Giffin's newest novel is a little painful to read. OK, a lot painful to read. As a reader, you find yourself in the oddly painful position of rooting for two women who can''t both get what they want. Your heart breaks for both of them [but] you''ll know that feeling this kind of emotional torture with and about characters is a good thing. It''s simply cathartic." Ft. Worth Star-Telegram "Unfolding from Tessa and Valerie's alternating viewpoints, [HEART OF THE MATTER] will draw you in with beautifully complex characters who come across as nuanced and as flawed as people in real life. Giffin avoids victimizing Tessa while allowing empathy for Valerie, underscoring that all of us are capable of making mistakes that hurt those we love most." VIV magazine "[A] brutally honest book in that it never falters in its depiction of hope and heartache. Emily Giffin is a talented writer who re-gifts her talent in the books she creates...With HEART OF THE MATTER she turns up the heat and gives us her best novel yet.|
"[A] modern-day Jane Austen."-- Vanity Fair "Giffin uses her great wit and gift of storytelling to weave a tale that's nuanced, empathetic and, at times, heartbreaking."-- Associated Press "Readers will be enthralled by this layered, absorbing novel."-- Booklist "starred review" "Giffin displays her trademark ability to capture the complexities of human emotions while telling a rip-roaring tale."-- Washington Post
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- bgui7954May 3, 2013by
Emily Giffin. a wonderful writer.
I have read almost all of Emily Giffin's books, I love them<br>a light and enjoyable read. Emily writes for the readers enjoyment and she pulls it off every time.
- 998034995@delet...Nov 3, 2010by
Fantastic Author, great book!!
Emily Giffin is such a wonderful writer, her books are so easy to just jump right into and this one is no different! I highly suggest reading anything by this auther!
- ellegattoJan 6, 2012by
Readers cannot Deny the emotions they feel for the Characters
Emily Giffin writes her books in a way that makes her readers feel the complex emotions that her characters go through. In this book, despite the plot of it, the reader does not feel there is a "villian" as most authors would portray said characters as. Instead, she shows both sides of the stories, making you feel real sadness and hope for both sides. While I was hoping that we would find out what happens with Valerie and Charlie (with the phone call) I was still delightfully pleased with the novel overall. The title says it all "heart of the matter". Excellent read and highly recommened.
- ida1042001Oct 3, 2010by
heart of the matter by emily giffin
i love emily's style of writing, i really get involved with the character's lives and sometimes find it hard to put down her books. she uses very little strong language and the sex scenes are tasteful, not voyeuristic.
- penny22fanAug 17, 2010by
Heart of the Matter
I am a huge fan of Emily Giffin so this book was obviously a favorite for me. Giffin makes the characters very relatable and draws you into the drama surrounding them. Hopefully it will be followed up with a sequel!