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Heart of the Matter [Kindle Edition]

Emily Giffin
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With realistic and a sharp depiction of relationships, Giffin crafts an emotional, effortless read. (More magazine)

Like Giffin's previous books, Heart of the Matter is a story about love, relationships, and infidelity, with a decidedly Sex and the City tone, so I think Nixon is a natural pick to orate it. (Entertainment Weekly)

Cynthia Nixon narrates the audiobook and she is just fantastic. She has the ability to convey a lot of emotion with her voice and I was impressed with her performance. (Daemon's Books)

Very well done - I didn't realize until I was most of the way done that the voice is Miranda from Sex and the City. She does a great job. (My Reading Room)


"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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 488 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: St. Martin's Press; Auflage: Reprint (6. Mai 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003JTHZ48
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Bin nicht enttäuscht worden ! 15. März 2011
Von Gipsy2004
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Das neue Buch von Emily Giffin hat mich nicht enttäuscht. Ich habe das englische Original gelesen und es ist leicht verständlich geschrieben. Ich fand persönlich sehr interessant die beiden jeweiligen Sichtweisen und Empfindungen der Haupt-Protagonistinnen. Wer reine "Chick lit" erwartet, seicht und flockig wird enttäuscht sein, denn dazu ist das Thema m.E. zu genau beleuchtet und bringt einen auch selbst zum Nachdenken, für "wen" man denn nun ist (möchte an dieser Stelle nicht zu viel verraten).
Am besten geignet ist die Story wohl für mittelständische Mitt-Dreißigerinnen, da diese wohl die Gedankenstränge von Tessa und Val am besten nachvollziehen können.
Nur am Range: Nich hat mich genervt ;-)) !!!
Alles in allem ein EG Buch wie man es gewohnt ist und ich hoffe, daß die Autorin weiterhin ihren angenehmen Schreibstil, der für "non-natives" wunderbar zu lesen ist, beibehält.
Sehr zu empfehlen !!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen grauenhaft 15. April 2011
Von tinak77
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Ich wollte ja nach dem letzten Werk der Autorin schon aufgeben. Hätte ich es bloß getan! Nein, stattdessen lese ich noch diesen Roman: von Anfang an durchschaubar, triefend rührig, und am Ende haben sich alle -trotz des Betrugs- gern.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Both sides of the story. 11. Mai 2010
Von Benjamin - Veröffentlicht auf
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I like Emily Giffin's newest book HEART OF THE MATTER because it explores something fundamental, basic and easy to understand about human nature, that we rarely if ever see ourselves as the villain when we tell the story of our lives. For every mistake we make, we can justify it by telling ourselves the reasons we did it. For every choice that we decide that affects other people, we know what led us to them. And when every small choice we make suddenly puts us square in the middle of some disaster and we're the "bad guy" in the situation, it's not like we didn't have good intentions at the start. And it's that sort of disaster that leads HEART OF THE MATTER's two narrators, Tessa and Valerie, to find themselves at odds with one another. And because each of them gets to tell their version of events to us, there's not really a villain in this story of injured children, gossipy private school moms, broken families and, more than anything, infidelity. Tessa and Val are just two women who've made mistakes and bad choices for very good reasons. And, under different circumstances, they'd probably be really close friends.

Tessa and Val's story begins with an accident. Valerie Anderson is a strong, determined, stubborn single mom to Charlie, a very sweet, sensitive little boy who's a student at a private school in Boston. She reluctantly allows Charlie to go to a friend's birthday party, even though she finds the parents involved to be rich and snotty. At the party, Charlie is seriously injured in a campfire and rushed to the hospital. Val beats herself up over these choices, not trusting her instincts, massively upset over her hurt little boy. Her twin brother Jason tries to comfort her. But no one is able to reassure her until her son's excellent, attractive pediatric plastic surgeon, Dr. Nick Russo, arrives and tells her that Charlie is a beautiful child and would continue to be. It's just what she needs to hear at a very tough time.

Nick, though, had to rush to the hospital from his seventh wedding anniversary dinner with Tessa, his loving, fun wife who's struggling to redefine her identity after she's given up her job as a professor to be a stay-at-home mom to her two little kids, Ruby and Frank. Tessa's mom advised her not to quit her job because she was afraid that Tessa might lose herself or become resentful of her frequently busy, often absent genius husband. Tessa feels inferior to all of the other private school moms around her, even her friend April, a cold perfectionist, and Romy, a rich woman who's panicked because the campfire accident that burned Charlie happened at her house.

So Tessa and Val are connected by community, by mutual acquaintances and now through Nick, whom they both come to care for and have issues with.

Giffin's writing style and the alternating points-of-view allow us to care about both women, building suspense as we wonder just how far their lives will become entwined and just how far the love triangle that eventually becomes central to the novel will go.

HEART OF THE MATTER is arguably Giffin's best book. Like her other novels, it's occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. But, in her fifth book, Giffin allows herself to explore the deeper, darker mistakes and the minutae that can harm well-meaning people trying to find themselves while coping with marriage.

HEART OF THE MATTER is deep and serious, occasionally incredibly sad and moving. She lets us get to know Tessa and Val and care for them in the way that her readers came to love her SOMETHING BORROWED/SOMETHING BLUE heroines Rachel and Darcy. And she mines new territory by criticizing the privileged, gossipy culture of moms that the two women live in.

HEART OF THE MATTER is occasionally as funny, tangled and bitterly insightful as Tom Perrotta's LITTLE CHILDREN, another great book that I found myself thinking of often as I read this. But the voice of HEART OF THE MATTER is distinctly Giffin's, and fans - in particular fans of SOMETHING BORROWED - will not be disappointed by HEART OF THE MATTER.

There is much to love in this new book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Unexciting depiction of a somewhat-fresh adultery tale 16. Mai 2010
Von K. Burton - Veröffentlicht auf
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Something Borrowed is my favorite modern novel. Period. I love how it shows a balanced, thoughtful, emotional account of infidelity, friendship, and the complexities of turning 30 with unrealized expectations...with flawed characters whose voices and backgrounds are varied and ring true.

It seems, though, that in each subsequent release, the narrators of Giffin's stories become more cookie-cutter, more self-absorbed, more whiny. In fact, the first few chapters of Heart of the Matter were boring...too much exposition, to much 'tell,' flashback, character descriptions. What happened to letting us know the characters by their behaviors and actions? Honestly, I was thrown back to Sweet Valley High when Jessica and Elizabeth's physical appearances, down to their aquamarine eyes, were described in detail around page 6 of Every. Single. Book.

Also: female novelists: PLEASE stop giving every mommy-protagonist a single BFF who is longing to have what the mommy has. Is it possible that some single women are happy with their lives? Is it possible some married mothers are best friends with... other married mothers? You don't need that cliche character in order to cultivate a random bar/hi-jinks plot excursion. Cate was unnecessary. Completely. (And don't get me started on Romy. People DO have layers...even rich, entitled ones).

That said, this story did get better as time went along, although I found the character Val, because of what she exposed her child to, to be not nearly as sympathetic as she should have been. I found Tessa to be fairly bland. I found the re-appearance of two of my favorite characters from Giffin's original storyline (I won't name and spoil it) to be very exciting at first...but also... a little vanilla.

I am worried that Giffin has shown us all her tricks, kind of like Danielle Steel did with her first 2 or 3 of 8 million novels. We have a lawyer...we have a competitiveness among well-to-do women...we have infidelity of some kind...we have a female character who basically has it all but is inexplicably unsatisfied over conditions she could change if she tried... oh, and we have twins. (It's not a bothersome recurring happenstance, but again, we get it. Giffin has twins...)

The relationship between Tessa's parents and the culmination of their past was my favorite moment in the book. I also appreciate that The Conflict was handled with sensitivity toward all parties involved. For once, though, I would appreciate a mommy story in which the mommies are not too busy trying to one-up each other and make their kids into organic-Stepford-moppets to actually support and advocate for one another. There was a great passage in the book in which Tessa describes all the things the mommies compare in each other... their husbands, their houses, their problems. What I loved most about the passage was that the things listed were all things I discuss with my mommy a NON-critical or competitive way.

Why is it so hard for female novelists to give females credit?

I will continue to read Giffin, because she created Dex and Rachel and Darcy and Marcus and Hilary...but when the next novel comes out, I might be on the library's waiting list instead of on the Amazon pre-order...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Profoundly thoughtful 20. September 2010
Von Donk - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is my first book by Emily Giffin. Listening to it on CD over a period of 2 weeks gave me a chance to think about the characters, their actions and the unfolding story. I found myself totally engrossed by the story and moved by the circumstances linking Tessa, Nick and Valerie. It's one of those books that you don't just put down and forget, but ponder for days after.

First and foremost, this is a book of subtleties. Tess and Nick appear to have a good marriage, but Tess's thoughts and passive-aggressive behavior during daily routines reveal her underlying resentment toward Nick. And Nick often replies in kind with his own little digs and swipes. Their uneasiness is a transparent veil over the fiction of a contented relationship. It's as though they are playing house and going through the motions.

Tess can barely admit to herself that her stay-at-home Mommyhood is not the ideal existence that she envisioned when leaving her profession behind. She has exchanged her career pursuits for gossipy Mommy cliques and her friendships are more the result of child-friendly playgroup relationships rather than surrounding herself with people she would choose as friends. While confident as a teacher, Tess's self-esteem is tested by the challenges of Motherhood - feeling inadequate as she compares herself to other mothers who seem to make it all look effortless, feeling overwhelmed by the 24/7 demands of children. And often she blames her husband - for not being at home, being the good cop to her bad cop, showing up late to family functions, and leaving early when they are out on the town because of the demands of his job.

The cracks along the fault lines of their marriage are nuanced. No knock down, drag out fights. No chilling put-downs or crying jags. Instead there is benign neglect, careless selfishness, small digs, a thousand tiny cuts. Nick mocks Tess's shallow relationships within the Mommy cliques and her quest to impress them. Tess marginalizes and mentally scorns Nick as well, retreating from intimacy, baiting, controlling and nagging. All of this is a subtle drip, drip, drip into the pool of their discontent.

As other reviewers have noted, Nick is a bit of an enigma since he is not given a narrative in the book. Nick is described as good-looking, confidant and a gifted surgeon. The rest of his personality must be pieced together. He is hardworking and successful in medicine, but probably uses his job to escape his unhappiness. He is likeable and his peers respect him, but he seems to have few friends of his own. He is sensitive, kind and funny when relating to little Charlie, but perhaps he needs to feel valued and heroic.

Nick risks everything--his professional code of ethics and his vows to his wife because of some undefined need in his life. In essence, he appears disconnected from Tessa and seems to need the emotional and sexual connection that he seeks from Valerie. And yet, when confronted, Nick shows real remorse for his actions. It's almost as if he needed to go to the abyss and stumble, before he could pull himself together and put his personal choices, marriage and family life into perspective.

Giffin skillfully weaves different perceptions about infidelity into the storyline. It's Tessa's mother, embittered by her cheating husband and still punishing him decades after their divorce, who states, "every marriage is different." Dex and Rachel are gloriously happy even though their relationship was a result of Dex cheating on his fiancé; Tess's best friend Kate is single, but seems to have an unrealistic view of marital bliss, and Tess's pal April seems to have an idyllic life - but we learn differently later in the book.

I think some who have read the book wanted more explicit intentions and viewpoints and less subtlety. In other words, they want villains and victims. But I especially like the fact the Giffin allows us to look at these relationships through a prism - examining the characters' thoughts and the underlying motives, contemplating their unexpressed feelings and desires. She shows us very human, flawed, but good people with seesawing emotions -- decent people who make mistakes and have regrets. And it is at a time of crisis, spurred by emotional upheaval into self-reflection that they begin to communicate and try to regain something they once cherished. Grace is a powerful concept.

The consequences of infidelity prove the old adage: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." My personal conclusions are that Nick, Tessa and Valerie are going to emerge as better people, more circumspect, more aware of their own responsibilities in ensuring healthy and fulfilling relationships in their future. Though heartbreaking in some ways, for me, it was a story that was profoundly thoughtful.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Emily GIffin has done it again! 15. Mai 2010
Von Reading Mum - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a wonderful story that is absolute torture to read because you identify so strongly with ALL the characters. As with her earlier novels, I couldn't decide how I wanted it to end because I didn't want any of the characters to end with a broken heart. Emily Giffin takes a subject that seems black and white and shows all the dozens of shades of gray that actually exist. Tessa and Nick and Valerie are all characters worth rooting for, even with their obvious flaws. I could feel the anger, the sadness, the yearning, the denial, the agony of indecision and knowing that no matter what happens, someone is going to get hurt.

The supporting characters are, as usual for Giffin, brilliantly fleshed out so you can see their motivations and reasoning. It was also thrilling to see what Dex and Rachel have been up to.

The worst part of Emily Giffin's book? The fact that is was so riveting that I stayed up til 2 a.m. to finish it, and now it's over and I have a torturous wait until she publishes a new book!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable Giffin 26. März 2010
Von Bearette24 - Veröffentlicht auf
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I usually love Giffin's books, and this one was no exception. She draws you in with three-dimensional characters and engaging situations. This story is told from two points of view: Tessa, a stay-at-home mom married to a pediatric surgeon, Nick; and Valerie, a single mother whose child is badly burned at a slumber party. Valerie's child, Charlie, is under the care of Nick, and Valerie finds herself drawn to Nick, who is compassionate and skillful. Soon, Nick and Valerie's friendship turns into more, and Tessa is suspicious.

I read this book in less than 24 hours, and was able to relate to both mothers. I thought the story was wonderful. My only objection was the ending; I would have ended it differently. Still, I recommend this book to all Emily Giffin fans.
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