The Divorce Paper Book Review

Andrea Draper

4.5 Stars

November 21, 2015

The Divorce Papers By by Susan Rieger

This book is about  a twenty-nine-year-old named  Sophie Diehl who 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.

Although the title is The Divorce Papers, and that's the form the novel takes, this is actually the story of Sophie's personal and professional coming of age. Sophie is in her late 20s and making the transition from daughter to independent adult, from legal ingenue to confident practitioner, from dating failure to woman in a relationship. She is an appealing young woman and comes across in the book as something like a smarter and more adroit Bridget Jones. I have to say I enjoy this novel. I not a big fan of reading novels but the author makes this book relatable to anyone who had to transition from kid to adult in their life. 

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I received this book from the publishers for my honest opinion in no way was my opinion influenced by outside sources.