What Nora Knew
by Linda Yellin
published by Gallery Books
Molly Hallberg is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family’s Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly bass been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments. She hass snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, danced with the Rockettes, and posed nude for a Soho art studio.
Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-year old chiropractor. He is comfortable, but safe. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance in the style of Nora Ephron, she flunks out big-time. She can’t recognize romance. And she can’t recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her. But with wit, charm, whip-smart humor, and Nora Ephron’s romantic comedies, Molly learns to open her heart and suppress her cynicism in this bright, achingly funny novel. (from Goodreads)
This was a fun book, much like a few I have read over the past few years. Slightly older woman, once burned in love, looking for Mr. Right in all the wrong places, while “the one” has been right in front of her the whole time. For me it actually harkens back to Emma by Jane Austen, except the main character here is not nearly as self assured as Emma was. This was a fun read, and I likes that Molly would try all these crazy things, yet always return to her nice normal family in Long Island. How can she not see what true love is, when she grew up looking at it all day? I love her parents’ relationship! I also liked going over Nora Ephron’s love life and how she correlated her struggles into wonderful movies. I would recommend this book as a fun, quick read. It was well written and had many enjoyable characters.
4 out of 5