The Divorce Papers

The Divorce Papers : A Novel

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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."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 154.94 x 238.76 x 45.72mm | 703.06g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Crown Business
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0804137447
  • 9780804137447
  • 1,078,875

About Susan Rieger

SUSAN RIEGER is a graduate of Columbia Law School. She has worked as a residential college dean at Yale and an associate provost at Columbia. She has taught law to undergraduates at both schools and written frequently about the law for newspapers and magazines. She lives in New York City with her husband. "The Divorce Papers "is her first more

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"Smart, sophisticated, and incredibly fun, "The Divorce Papers" brilliantly combines the pleasures of snooping with the delights of great storytelling. I raced through these charming pages and enjoyed every one." --Karen Thompson Walker, author of "The Age of Miracles" "The Divorce Papers is terrific fun. I relished every last letter, memo, email, and legal brief in this sneakily clever, insidery peek into the world of privileged families and the lawyers who serve them." --Kevin Kwan, author of "Crazy Rich Asians"show more

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5,937 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (1,789)
3 35% (2,069)
2 16% (936)
1 7% (416)

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The Divorce Papers tells a story through the official documents - affidavits, court papers, interview transcripts - and the correspondence - emails, memos, letters - associated with a divorce case. It is the story of the heartbreak when a marriage ends. It is the story of the intrigues and politics of a law firm. It is the story of the sometimes laugh-out-loud funny trials and tribulations of young attorney Sophie Diehl. Read my complete review at: *** Reviewed based on a copy received through a publisherâ??s giveaway ***show more
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