What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin


Linda Yellin's What Nora KnewMolly 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.

(Synopsis and image via Goodreads)


I. Love. Nora. Ephron. Anything she’s written. Any movie bearing her name in the credits. Especially Sleepless in Seattle, and don’t forget When Harry Met Seattle. What wasn’t to like in all her works?

What Nora Knew not so much. The premise selected by Linda Yellin is the perfect base for writing a witty, romantic, “Ephronesque” novel with a 39-year old central character named Molly Hallberg. Molly’s employed by an online magazine, EyeSpy, where she has completed ridiculous assignments to prove her worth as a journalist.

In real life, Molly is unable to complete one task–the all-important finding the right one. Even when the right one is staring her in the face, Molly can’t see true love. In fact, she’s almost willing to settle for a chiropractor who is comfortable and boring.

Molly Hallberg could not win my heart over in this book. I kept wanting her to open her eyes and make me appreciate her for something more than bumbling through her crazy assignments and yes, through life itself.

I was happy to turn What Nora Knew‘s last page.


Unless you’re willing to be disenchanted, longing for a Nora Ephron in your hands, or searching for those movies that made you laugh and cry from beginning to end, don’t bother with What Nora Knew.


Book Details:
Publisher: Gallery BooksNet Galley Member
Genre: Chick Lit / Fiction / Women’s Fiction
Published: January 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Source: NetGalley

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are solely mine.



Author Linda YellinLinda Yellin’s memoir, THE LAST BLIND DATE, about moving to New York for love but finding condo boards, contractors, step-children, private schools, Ivy League name-droppers, and the challenge of making new girlfriends all waiting for her, too, was published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster. Her first novel, SUCH A LOVELY COUPLE, was reissued by Simon & Schuster the same year.

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.

(Bio and image via Amazon)

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