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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'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.

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Heart of the Matter
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Heart if the matter
November 17th, 2014
Little slow at first, but stick it out as it gets way better.
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Heart of the Matter
October 11th, 2014
I love Emily Giffin's books and this one did not disappoint. Her description of characters is vivid and entwines you in their lives! This is the 5th book I've read of hers and have enjoyed every one!
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March 12th, 2014
Gives different perspective on relationships and working through them! Great read!
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Loved it
November 21st, 2013
Great read, as always
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Good read
September 2nd, 2013
Not my favourite from her but still a good read.
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No bad
January 15th, 2013
Great book, left me hanging.
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