A month ago I wrote a preview of What Nora Knew (2014) by Linda Yellin. Now I am adding this review, because I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
An homage to the romantic comedies of the late Nora Ephron, this tale takes us into the wacky world of Molly Hallberg, journalist and cynic. Molly has a hidden collection of essays she wants to publish, but she lacks confidence and an agent. She works from a cubicle at EyeSpy, an online magazine, venturing out into New York City on a variety of daredevil assignments that include learning to dance like a Rockette and smuggling feminine contraband into a courthouse. When she isn’t on assignment, she is fending off her nosy cubicle neighbor Emily, who knows more than Molly realizes.
While she is stumbling around trying to figure out why she can’t connect with the idea or reality of romance, it lands in her lap. All she has to do is not frighten it away.
Threaded into the plot are tie-ins from Ephron’s films When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail. The reader discovers that, like the couples in Nora’s romantic comedies, even though you know who Molly will end up with, the circuitous path she takes to true love is still worth following. This is an entertaining treat.