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The Divorce Papers

A Novel

By Susan Rieger, 1946-

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.

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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9780804137447


Format: Book
Author: Rieger, Susan, 1946-
Summary: "The story of a high-profile, messy divorce, and the endearingly cynical young lawyer dragooned into handling it, told solely via personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The divorce papers : a novel / Susan Rieger.
Publisher Date: New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
Subject: Divorce -- Fiction. Domestic relations -- Fiction. Women lawyers -- Fiction. Divorce settlements -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780804137447 (hbk.) 0804137447 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: F Rieger
Oclc: 855909850
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Bib Id: 504785

Format: Book
Author: Rieger, Susan, 1946-
Summary: "The story of a high-profile, messy divorce, and the endearingly cynical young lawyer dragooned into handling it, told solely via personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The divorce papers : a novel / Susan Rieger.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
Description: 461 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Divorce -- Fiction.
Subjects: Domestic relations -- Fiction.
Subjects: Women lawyers -- Fiction.
Subjects: Divorce settlements -- Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Genre: Epistolatory fiction.
Genre: Legal stories.
Notes: "From the files o Sophie Diehl, Esq."
LCCN: 2013027552
ISBN: 9780804137447 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0804137447 (hbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: F Rieger