March is here and we’re thrilled to announce our latest book club selection: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger (Crown). It’s rare that a book makes me laugh out loud within the first few pages, and this novel certainly did. Told entirely in letters, emails and legal documents, The Divorce Papers will keep you engrossed until its last pages.
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.
The novel will definitely take you down memory lane because email was still considered new then. It definitely gave me a chuckle.
Pre-order your copy of The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger because you’ll want to dive in after reading our book club discussion on March 18. If you’re in the New England area, you can even meet her in person and get your book signed!