THE DIVORCE PAPERS is a sparkling, laugh-out-loud debut romantic comedy, told via e-mails, letters, transcripts, and articles, with a sharp and charming take on divorce through the eyes of an endearingly cynical young law associate.
This standout debut was written by lawyer-turned-novelist Susan Rieger who after graduating Columbia went on to work in a prominent New York firm. It’s clear her firsthand experiences in law helped in the novel’s writing.
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Twenty-nine-year-old criminal law associate Sophie Diehl works at a prestigious New England firm and very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Sophie abhors face-to-face contact with clients, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of one of the firm’s biggest clients. After 18 years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating episode at a local restaurant. She plans to take her handsome, ambitious doctor husband for everything he’s got—including custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Jane. Sophie informs Mia that she’s never handled a divorce before and is just there for the interview, but Mia insists on Sophie’s representation, saying she finds it reassuring—it’s her first divorce, too. The Divorce Papers is an absolute pleasure to read and will appeal to romantics and cynics alike, with its satisfying take on relationships in our fast-paced, litigious world.
Hilarious yet touching, the playful, high-concept novel will appeal to fans of recent bestsellers Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Girls in White Dresses, as well as women’s fiction classics Bridget Jones, I Don’t Know How She Does It, and The Devil Wears Prada.
Praise for The Divorce Papers:
“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