Heart of the Matter

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: Emily Giffin
Narrator: Cynthia Nixon
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: May 2011
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

'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's Heart of the Matter 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.

Reviews (1)

Written by Devika Knots on July 10th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book made me sick. No resolve. I suppose that the sick to my stomach was the point.

Author Details

Author Details

Giffin, Emily

Emily Giffin was born on March 20, 1972, in Baltimore, Maryland and had a very happy childhood. She grew up with a love of reading, surrounded by books and making frequent trips to the library with her mother and older sister, Sarah. She began writing at a young age, and "published" many of her own stories.

Emily's father was an executive for Sears, so her family moved around quite a bit over the years. In 1986, they arrived in Naperville, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) just in time for Emily to start high school. During those years, Emily indulged her passion for writing as a member of the creative writing club and the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She won several awards for her writing and wrote in her journal every day.

After graduating in 1990, Emily attended Wake Forest University. She chose the school for many reasons, including her love of ACC basketball. One of the highlights of her years at Wake was managing the men's basketball team. She overlapped with such greats as Rodney Rogers and Tim Duncan-and can't resist making college basketball references in her books.

After college, Emily attended law school at the University of Virginia. She graduated in 1997 and moved to Manhattan where she worked in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn. While appreciating certain aspects of her legal career, she soon realized that she wanted to pursue her true passion for writing.

In 2001, just five days after September 11 th, Emily moved to London where she began writing full time. Despite getting rejected by eight publishers for her young adult novel, Lily Holding True, Emily kept writing. Spending hours in her flat near Hyde Park, she began creating the world of Rachel and Darcy. Here is a page from an early draft of Something Borrowed -under its original working title, Rolling the Dice.

The following year was an exciting one for Emily. She got married, found an agent, and signed a two-book contract with St. Martin's Press. Although she hadn't planned to do so originally, she became interested in Darcy's side of the story during revisions of Something Borrowed and thus began writing Something Blue.

In September 2003, Emily and her husband left London and moved to Atlanta. A few months later, on New Year's Eve, her identical twin sons, Edward and George, were born 92 minutes apart.

In 2004, Something Borrowed was released to rave reviews and instantly made the New York Times bestseller list. It was a dream come true. Emily has been very busy with her family and her writing ever since!