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(1986)

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  • An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living happily ever after until she discovers that Mark is having an affair while she is waddling around with a second pregnancy.

    - Written by Lisa Todorovich
  • Rachel and Mark meet at a mutual friend's wedding, go to bed and get married shortly afterwards. She works in publishing in New York, he is a successful Washington columnist, who is always using his friends and social life as material for his column. All goes well initially with the marriage, despite the fact they endure months of renovation by incompetent builders on their Washington home. A child is born, Mark proves himself a fond father, and another baby is soon on the way. Then Rachel discovers that Mark has been having an affair with one of their circle. Heavily pregnant, she briefly returns to her father's home in New York. Mark comes after her; he says he loves her and asks her to return to him.

    - Written by Tiff Banks

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