(24)The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Divorce Papers

Pages: 480
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: March 18, 2018

The year is 1999 and twenty-nine Sophie Diehl is well on her way to becoming a successful criminal law attorney.  She is derailed when her boss asks her to step in while the firm's divorce attorney is indisposed and no one else is available to do the intake interview of a new client.    Sophie agrees to do the interview and is shocked when the new client, a VIP's daughter, Mia Mieklejohn Durkheim requests that Sophie stay on the case.  Even though Sophie prefers it when her clients are behind bars for the duration of their working relationship she is willing to give it her all.  Over the next several months Sophie pushes the boundaries of her comfort zone while working with Mia to get her through this divorce in one piece.  Not only professionally, but personally as well.  Will Sophie get Mia a fair deal from her world famous oncologist of a husband or will her inexperience in divorce court ruin Mia's life?

The Divorce Papers is a really, really good book! Set in 1999 when email was still an emerging form of corporate communication the epistolary format of this book adds to the charm of the story.  The trepidation that some of the partners exhibit at communicating through email is really quite humorous.  Through emails, memos, letters and court documents we get to see Sophie's foray into the world of divorce.  It is interesting to watch how her career interferes with her personal life and we see how working the divorce case brings up memories of her parent's divorce.  Even though we only are reading correspondence, the author does a fabulous job of showing all of the emotions that happen during a divorce.  From ALL of those involved with the divorce. I really loved Sophie and the way she connected with Mia.  It was almost like Mia gave Sophie strength to proceed with the divorce and not  the other way around.  Mia is definitely a strong character and no matter how hard her husband tries to put her in her place, she is not willing to give up.   And trust me when I say you will laugh.  Oh,  how you will laugh.

Bottom line, The Divorce Papers,  with so many themes layered in this novel, it is going to be one of those books that is going to be the buzz of all book clubs.  Love, marriage, all kinds of relationships, corporate sabotage - you name it and this book covers it and it is sure to generate hours of conversation.

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