The Divorce Papers
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Sparkling and sophisticated, this sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking debut novel tells the story of a very messy, very high-profile divorce and the endearingly cynical young lawyer dragooned into handling it.
Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old-line New England firm, where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are trapped behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one week, with all the big partners out of town, Sophie is stuck handling the intake interview for the daughter of the firm’s most important client.
After eighteen years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating scene at the popular local restaurant, Golightly’s. Mia is now locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Mather Medical School, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Jane. Mia also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that she’s never handled a divorce case before, but Mia can’t be put off. The way she sees it, it’s her first divorce, too. For Sophie, the whole affair will spark a hard look at her own relationships—with her parents, colleagues, friends, lovers, and, most important, herself.
A rich, layered novel told entirely through personal correspondence, office memos, e-mails, articles, handwritten notes, and legal documents, The Divorce Papers offers a direct window into the lives of an entertaining cast of characters never shy about speaking their minds. Original and captivating, Susan Rieger’s brilliantly conceived and expertly crafted debut races along with wit, heartache, and exceptional comedic timing, as it explores the complicated family dynamic that results when marriage fails—as well as the ever-present risks and coveted rewards of that thing called love.
From the Hardcover edition.
I'm so grateful that iBooks had this on their "we recommend for March" reading list. And I'd forgotten the delightful, almost voyeuristic experience that comes from reading REAL letters and correspondence. "Epistolary" sounds too religious in tone and this book marries humor with pathos.
Great character development and multiple story lines. Nothing pretentious or inaccessible.
Loved this book and couldn't stop reading. The author nails what it is like to handle a divorce and the politics of a law firm, in a fresh approach. Laughed every time the client's story evolved, and appreciated the style of the book more at each stage. It's a shame some of the earlier reviewers did not.
The Divorce Papers was the first book I read on my iPad. Loved the book and reading it on my iPad.
The novel read as though I had a front row seat in the theater of the main character's thoughts. I loved the epistolary form. The letters, notes and briefs lent such authority to the information presented in the novel. Even though a work of fiction, I feel so educated about divorce. And who among us has not dealt with divorce!