The Divorce Papers

A Novel

by Susan Rieger

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.


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I Wish I Had Received An E-Book So That A Tree Could Have Been Saved

Kathleen Jameson

.5 Stars

Page 38. That is as far as I could go. And that after starting over twice from the beginning.   I received a copy of THE DIVORCE PAPERS through a Blogging For Books arrangement with the publisher and I felt a certain…

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And the jury says...

Wendi Hansen

3.5 Stars

The Divorce Papers is about a divorce, of course, and the young, female attorney, Sophie, who is assigned to handle the divorce, even though she’s a criminal law attorney and was only supposed to do the intake interview of the…

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The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

Marcee Feddersen

2.5 Stars

What They Say....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…

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isabella tacceta

2.5 Stars

not the best book ive ever read there was hype but i mean i diddnt expect that much from it but i diddnt get what i expected i thought i did it started out really good and just went downhill  and one thing i diddnt enjoy was Sophies…

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Michael Zosh

3 Stars

I was excited to read this since I like books that show "evidence" of what the characters are doing or going through. Unfortunately, I also felt as though I was back in my matrimonial law class. The memos between Sophie and David, or the…

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