WHAT NORA KNEW by Linda Yellin


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When an online magazine writer is assigned an article about love, she tries—and fails—to emulate Nora Ephron but ends up starring in her own romance.

Molly Hallberg’s a divorced writer who’d rather do anything than end up working in her family’s upholstery business—and she has. Employed by EyeSpy, an online magazine, she’s chomping at the bit to get her own column and tries to prove her worth with her latest assignment, a piece about romance with a Nora Ephron slant. But Molly’s the penultimate cynic, and researching the article’s a struggle. She shares her life with a few close friends, a slightly eccentric but supportive family and a bland chiropractor boyfriend, Russell, who doesn’t exactly set off any bells and whistles where Molly’s concerned, but he’s reliable. Molly spends three weeks interviewing people: strangers in Central Park, customers at Tiffany’s, clients at a speed dating get-together and guests at her friend’s posh party in the Hamptons. It’s there that she meets celebrated author Cameron Duncan, and she’s pretty sure he’s a self-serving egotist. Although she fails miserably with the assignment, Molly runs into Cameron at almost every turn and verbally jousts with him about the nature of romance. Meanwhile, Molly’s clinging to her comfortable relationship and researching some pretty crazy assignments that have her leaping out of planes, bicycling around New York City and sneaking well-disguised vibrators past security checkpoints. And as she watches classic Ephron movies for the zillionth time, she stubbornly continues to ignore the obvious—until her dreams begin to come true. Yellin’s (The Last Blind Date, 2011, etc.) tribute is lighthearted amusement, a witty and entertaining story that holds no surprises but has plenty of laughable moments. She puts readers at ease with her comfortable writing style as she takes them on a whirlwind tour of New York from an ambitious and single female writer’s point of view.

Funny, fresh and written with flair.

Pub Date: Jan. 21st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4767-3006-6
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2013


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