Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter

Book - 2010
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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. In Heart of the Matter , each is tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questions everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovers what truly matters most.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781250043733
9780312554170
9780312554163
0312554168
Characteristics: 368 p. ;,25 cm.

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weezie1
Sep 08, 2015

I was disappointed in this novel. Was not a good read for me.

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Neetikaakiteen
Jun 16, 2015

Such a great book- love it! All of emily giffins books are SPOT On!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book dealt with some more serious subjects than some of Giffin's other novels. It was still a good read and interesting told from different character's points of view."

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bibliosaurusrex
Jun 15, 2013

Probably my favourite Giffin book. The author does not shy away from tough subjects, and I really liked that not only did we hear of the affair from Valerie's side but also from Tessa's as well. It added much more dimension, and shows how far reaching the effects of an affair can be.

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BNielsen07
Mar 22, 2013

I usually love her books but I just couldn't like this one. The story line had a lot of plot holes. I felt that the affair came out of nowhere. Maybe if we could have seen it from the husband's point of view I would have felt different. Did not enjoy this book.

mbass3189 Oct 05, 2012

I have read countless books and this is by far my FAVORITE! The book is NOT predictable. Emily Giffin really got to me in this one. Im not sure why because im not married and don't have children but my heart really wen out to both these characters. This is a book that i could read over and over.

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open2life
Mar 26, 2012

A story about infidelity. Husband is to blame of course. But it shares the perspectives of the wife and the other woman.

It takes love and sacrifice, from both the husband and wife to make it work.

I found Tessa's chapters more interesting.

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kstiles
Sep 21, 2011

People comparing Emily Giffin to a modern-day Jane Austen makes me cringe.

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Pulp_queen
Jun 16, 2011

This was my favourite of Giffin's novels. I loved that the point of view varied between Tessa and Valerie. Both woman have Dr. Nick Russo in common yet the woman do not know one another. The book highlights there relationship with the Dr. I found all three characters likeable and I understood the motivations for each characters' actions.

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sunstarelanor
Apr 22, 2011

I just finished this book today, been up reading it.

Strangely enough, I enjoyed this. I enjoyed that it showed both women's perspectives, with all their flaws and hopes and dreams and ill thoughts, the wife and the "other" woman.

I also thought it had a more solid characterization and a more directed plotline, with a wider and deeper grasp of human reality and emotions, than Something Borrowed. It made me think, this book, even if I was not yet married.

Best-written for me, so far, by Emily Giffin. Most insightful too.

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