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The divorce papers : a novel, from the files of Sophie Diehl, Esq.
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Sophie Stiehl (Female), Criminal lawyer, Has her first non-ciminal client, a woman who has just been served divorce papers after 18 years of marriage
Troubled marriages
Custody battle
Husbands and wives
- New England (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Sophie Diehl, a young criminal lawyer, is assigned to a divorce case. It is not her area of expertise, and she is unhappy about it, especially as the case brings back painful memories of her parents' divorce. The story is told through correspondence Sophie receives and sends to her boss, her best friend, her boyfriend, her client, and other important people in her life. More than ten narrators, including Rebecca Lowman and Kathe Mazur, read the book, as each character who sends an email or a letter is read by a different speaker. The epistolary format does not lend itself well to the audiobook format since the letters are prefaced by a painfully slow and irritating delivery of the letterhead, which in printed media the reader would glance at and move on. Verdict This book would be more enjoyable in print.-Ilka Gordon, Aaron Garber Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In Rieger's clever and funny debut-an epistolary novel told through memos, e-mails, and letters-Sophie Diehl is a criminal lawyer, working for a law firm in the fictional state of Narragansett in New England, similar to Massachusetts. As she says herself, "I like that most of my clients are in jail. They can't get to me; I can only get to them." One of the firm's managing partners asks her to do an intake interview for Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim, daughter of one of the firm's most important clients, whose husband served her with divorce papers at a local restaurant. Sophie reluctantly acquiesces and has to learn how to handle a divorce case (rather than a criminal one), while juggling family dynamics, nasty interoffice politics, and the ups and downs of her own romantic life, all as the year 2000 approaches. Lovers of the epistolary style will find much to appreciate. Rieger's tone, textured structure, and lively voice make this debut a winner. Agent: Kathy Robbins, Robbins Office. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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 behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle 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. She is locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Jane and she 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. As she so disarmingly puts it: It's her first divorce, too. Debut novelist Susan Rieger doesn't leave a word out of place in this hilarious and expertly crafted debut that shines with the power and pleasure of storytelling. Told through personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and
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