Heartburn Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Rachel Samstat's character.

Rachel Samstat, the narrator of the novel, is a food writer who lives in Washington, D.C. She is married to Mark Feldman and has a son, Sam, and is seven months pregnant.

2. How does Rachel discover her husband is having an affair?

Rachel believes her husband is having an affair and snoops through his things. In his sock drawer, she discovers a child's song book with an inscription by Thelma Rice that declares her love.

3. Does Rachel know the woman her husband is having an affair with?

Yes, Rachel knows Thelma Rice and her husband Jonathan very well. In fact, she and Mark recently had them over for dinner. When Thelma calls Rachel to thank her, Rachel sends her a recipe for carrot cake.

4. What happens when Rachel discovers Mark's affair?

Rachel calls Mark, who is at his therapist's, and tells him to come home. After two hours, Mark returns home and reveals that he was having a joint therapy session with Thelma. He tells Rachel that he will not stop seeing Thelma. Rachel leaves for New York with their son, Sam.

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