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The divorce papers a novel
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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.
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. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.
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