What Nora Knew
By: Linda Yellin
An “every woman’s” Sex and the City, Linda Yellin’s What Nora Knew is the life if an average woman trying to find love and happiness through a series of unfortunate relationships – a story many of us can relate to. Those of us women who have not yet found Mr. Right and kissed our fair share of slimy frogs can relate to Yellin’s main character Molly. Molly Hallberg is a 39 year old writer trying to carve out her own niche while rebounding from a collapsed marriage to a smooth divorce lawyer who had everybody fooled. As you read What Nora Knew you will laugh with Molly, feel her anxiety, frustration sadness and joy. You will also find yourself relating to different parts of her story. I kept hearing myself saying “…just like so-and-so” about one of my former relationships.
Though she’s no Carrie Bradshaw Molly is a Writer in New York in pursuit of her own column which would be the crowning achievement in her career. Instead of giving Molly her own column, her boss keeps assigning her more and more ridiculous assignments. On too of her frustrating work life, after her short marriage to a man she thought could do no wrong until he cheated on her with his personal assistant, Molly goes from swearing off love, to a series of Mr. Wrongs and finally settles into a mutually content relationship with a chiropractor. Then after a series of fortunate or unfortunate (you be the judge) everything changes for Molly.
Overall, What Nora Knew was an enjoyable read. I chose this book to break out of my normal reading pattern and have to say that I enjoyed it. Reading The mind of another human being and finding out that you’ve had the same or similar thoughts is cathartic and makes you realize that you aren’t so different from everyone else, that we all have those thoughts and just choose not to voice them. The reader can commiserate Molly as they hope for the best just as they feel all of the frustration, fears and far fetched ideas that dating spawns. Maybe that is the beauty in this book. We can’t relate to Carrie. Molly’s just our size.