What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin

A read liberally laced with Nora Ephron references, quotes and several attempts to capture her style is an enjoyable and fun read.  Firmly grounded in chick-lit, Molly is a recently divorced, nearing 40 year old woman who writes for a magazine similar to Gawker.  Most of Molly’s assignments are rather out there: crazy and unusual lingerie, using only a bicycle to traverse New York City, skydiving and most recently, her assignment to search for love in the city, documenting it in the style of Nora Ephron.  Fortunately for Molly, she is both a fan of Ephron’s writing and movies, and with her determination to get her own featured column in the magazine, she is going for it.

That’s the set up, and it held great promise.  But, we get mired in the overuse of all too much snark as Molly seeks to prove that Love is a Trap, and that men cannot be trusted.  Sticking with dating the safe man, Russell, who is no challenge and rings no bells the story seems to miss opportunities.  We are introduced to Cameron, the love of her life early on: but with little to no character development or mention of him until near the end, the potential for developing the relationship and building the romance fails to remind me of Ephron’s writing.

Now, I did enjoy this book despite all of the misses: the pacing is quick and the dialog is snappy even when it overdoes it on the snark and predictability.  But, this is a fun and fluffy read, much like a cone of candy floss, which is perfect for an afternoon getaway.

What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin

Title: What Nora Knew
Author: Linda Yellin
Published by: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 320
Rated: three-stars
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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's been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments. She's 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's 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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Linda Yellin

Linda Yellin's new novel, WHAT NORA KNEW, an homage to Nora Ephron and romantic movies, about a cynical journalist who’s assigned to write about romance Nora-style and flunks out big time, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January, 2014.

Previously, she spent an inordinate number of years in the advertising industry, where she worked at Needham, Harper & Stears (now DDB), J. Walter Thomson (now JWT), Foote, Cone and Belding (now DraftFCB) and Ogilvy and Mather (now Ogilvy). Tired of all her employers changing their names, she changed careers.

Linda was an ongoing guest on SiriusXM Radio's women's talk show, Broadminded, and has published many national magazine pieces, including several short stories featuring an ongoing character, Daphne Bogin, for Redbook magazine, as well as humor pieces and essays for More magazine.