The Divorce Papers

divorce papers

Are you looking for a good summer read? Something to read happily by the pool, or the beach for the lucky ones? Are you needing some good chic lit? Then this is for you.

I loved this book!!! While I was worried about the topic of the book, a couple going through a rough divorce complete with a daughter in the middle. It gripped me from the very first chapter, or should I say email. This book is written in a completely different format then every other book that I have ever read. It is written in a series of emails: emails employee to her boss, her boss back; emails to their client, the client back; emails to friends; and a few handwritten letters from a little girl who is very scared in the middle of this story.

The characters in this book are so well written that you feel that you know them. You understand their motives, you understand their thoughts, and most importantly you care about all of them (well maybe not all, there maybe a few lawyers in there that you don’t like). They become your friends, and you need to know what is happening to them.

Back Of Book-

“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.”

This was one of those rare books, that pulls you right in. I laid in bed, while my husband was working next to me, and I was just going to start it. Maybe read the first few emails, then call it a night. Around 1am, my husband started complaining, saying it was late and to put the book down. I couldn’t. This whole book was read in less then 24 hours and I needed more.

It will have you laughing, it will have you rooting for the lawyer that didn’t want this case, it will have you in tears reading how this affects the little girl.

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