Friday, March 7, 2014

review: the divorce papers by susan rieger

When criminal law attorney Sophie Diehl is asked to interview a prospective divorce client (the firm’s divorce attorneys just happen to all be busy), she agrees with reservation but the assurance that it will be the only thing she has to do before returning to her regular duties. That is, of course, not the way things go as the client wants Sophie to represent her. With Sophie’s 30th birthday fast approaching on the heels of yet another failed relationship, working on a contentious divorce involving custody of a young girl (who broke my heart!) brings up issues stemming from the divorce of her own parents. Although Sophie takes the lead in The Divorce Papers, the other characters are as vividly alive as she is due to the interesting format of the novel. The Divorce Papers is entirely correspondence, newspaper articles, and legal briefs. This choice created some distance while also allowing for details that one would not get in some other form. The short sections filled with such high emotions also made it very easy to keep saying, “one more page,” until the last one was reached.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Crown.

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