The Divorce Papers

Esther Yoo

2.5 Stars

November 9, 2015

I was curious to see how Reiger would incorporate the story into something that would be readable and not too dry with legal citations and explanations. I was expecting a romantic comedy, with SOME factual detail presented when needed. Somewhere in all of the 480 pages of this novel, I lost the witty and sparkling, and found a story that was overburdened with large swaths of text that was explanatory or legal, and thus wholly missable but for the sentence that contained the “you can do this but not that” piece. Sophie as a character was completely unsteady, not only would I not want her for a divorce lawyer, but I wouldn’t necessarily want her in any other case.

Memos from Sophie were often completely unprofessional and wavered from topic to topic without any sense of order. While there was the germ of a good story: young lawyer perhaps gets in over her head in a messy divorce and suffers the usual crises of confidence that such an opportunity would bring to a head: the story was lost in too much tell, not enough show, and little heart or humor to make the story flow.

Readers who do not mind meandering, and are obsessed with the minute details of divorce law as it applies in this fictional case may find this to their taste, for me it was too much tortured detail.