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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42,127 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily Giffin Narrator: Cynthia Nixon Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “With realistic and a sharp depiction of relationships, Giffin crafts an emotional, effortless read. More magazine

  • Like Giffin's previous books, Heart of the Matter is a story about love, relationships, and infidelity, with a decidedly Sex and the City tone, so I think Nixon is a natural pick to orate it. Entertainment Weekly
  • Cynthia Nixon narrates the audiobook and she is just fantastic. She has the ability to convey a lot of emotion with her voice and I was impressed with her performance. Daemon's Books
  • Very well done - I didn't realize until I was most of the way done that the voice is Miranda from Sex and the City. She does a great job. My Reading Room

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) | 2/11/2014

    " Loved it! Could not believe what happened between the two couples, and the deception really took me by surprise. I liked the growth in all of the characters, especially seeing the deeper side to April. It was a great book but still not my favorite of Giffin's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb | 1/28/2014

    " started out very interesting, then didn't like it, then the ending was better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rianna | 1/9/2014

    " Definitely should expect another book from this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Margo | 1/7/2014

    " Seriously, what is it with this author and the constant infidelity themes? It makes me think there is either cheating in her marriage or of someone close to her, and she is using the books as therapy! There are basically no redeeming qualities to this book - even most of the children are unlikable; the only one who elicits sympathy is Charlie, the 6 year old who gets badly burned due to negligence of the supervising adults at a birthday party. Definitely do NOT recommend it. Boo. "

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