The Divorce Papers

November 15, 2014

Thanks to Kelli I've discovered a new website that I'm completely in love with. As a self-proclaimed bookworm this is the cat's meow. Did I really just say that? Anyway....

I signed up at Blogging For Books and selected my first book.

This book immediately caught my attention for several reasons. For one, this is my field. I work in law, and for a divorce attorney no less. Secondly, reading that the book was a "layered novel told entirely through personal correspondence, office memos, e-mails, articles, handwritten notes, and legal documents" jumped out at me. I love books like this. It makes me feel as though I'm reading someone's journal, and not just a novel.

When I first started the book I dove through the first few pages, unfortunately I also felt as though I was back in my matrimonial law class. The memos between Sophie and David, or the e-mails between Sophie and Maggie were fun to read. They were personal and told the story. However, the case law and statutes that were attached to the memos, or the drafted legal documents seemed completely unnecessary to me. Almost like filler. Perhaps this was because I'm in the field and am familiar with complaints and other motions. 

I did like that there was real first-hand knowledge as the author, Susan Rieger, is a Columbia Law School graduate. For her first novel I thought it was a decent book. Star-wise, I'd give it 3. It kept me entertained, it was good, by I didn't love it. I am interested to see what her next novel will be. 

What have you read lately?

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