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Heart of the Matter

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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.


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  • This book, 'Heart of the Matter', was a bit too conventional for my taste. It delves into the complexities of a marital affair with characters that felt lifeless and outcomes that were easy to predict. The presence of the supposed "high minded" wife didn't improve the story much. However, Cynthia Nixon's narration was quite commendable, and I somehow managed to push through and finish the book.
  • I'm a fan of Emily Giffin's novels. They always bring a sense of enjoyment and the characters feel familiar, just like in her previous works. However, 'Heart of the Matter' didn't quite hit the mark for me. It lacked that enjoyable factor I usually find in her stories. While the author skillfully captures the cattiness of suburbia, I personally found the storyline to be less believable.