Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Divorce Papers, Susan Rieger

The Divorce Papers: A NovelDear Poppa, I wish you were here. Momy and Daddy are very cranky. Is 1999 going to be a good year? What's a millennium? And what's Motezuma's revenge? Daddy has it. Mommy says I have an iron stomach. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Jane
"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 im
portant 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. Told through personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers, this playful reinvention of the epistolary form races along with humor and heartache, exploring the complicated family dynamic that results when marriage fails. For Sophie, the whole affair sparks a hard look at her own relationships—not only with her parents, but with colleagues, friends, lovers, and most importantly, herself."

I won an ARC of The Divorce Papers from Goodreads, and I certainly wasn't expecting to like it; I'm not sure why I even entered the giveaway in the first place as The Divorce Papers didn't seem like my cup of tea. 

I'm sure the book's amusing enough; it's just rather lengthy, and I didn't want to spend so much time on this decidedly unliterary novel. I find that I've become rather more impatient with my reading lately. Ah well.  Another disappointment. 


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