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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Rieger Narrator: Arthur Morey, Kathe Mazur, Rebecca Lowman, various narrators Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780804166348
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Witty and wonderful, sparkling and sophisticated, this debut romantic comedy brilliantly tells the story of one 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 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.

Debut novelist Susan Rieger doesn’t leave a word out of place in this hilarious and expertly crafted debut that shines with the power and pleasure of storytelling. 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. Much like Where’d You Go, Bernadette, The Divorce Papers will have you laughing aloud and thanking the literature gods for this incredible, fresh new voice in fiction.

Read by Rebecca Lowman, Käthe Mazur, Arthur Morey, and Emily Rankin with selections read by Susan Denaker, Mark Bramhall, Fred Sanders, Mark Deakins, Kim Mai Guest, Marc Cashman, and Kimberly Farr Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Susan Rieger brings her real-life experience as a lawyer to the table in this debut romantic comedy that’s written, refreshingly, in the epistolary style. Cosmopolitan.com
  • A fun, riveting and rollicking read that will make you wonder what first-time author Susan Rieger has up her sleeve next. Bookreporter
  • Witty and engaging... The Divorce Papers is a sharp read and an impressive debut. [Rieger’s] prose—peppered with literary, historical and philosophical references—is whip smart. BookPage
  • Where Rieger excels is with her characters. Sophie and her crowd are witty, insightful, and interesting people... [A] refreshing and absorbing read. Booklist
  • [C]risp and irreverent and highly entertaining… Diehl is a character you will like immediately and want to get to know better. She, her friends, family, and co-workers are deliciously interesting. Federal Lawyer
  • A fantastic book...excellent. Jezebel
  • Whip-smart… The characters are hilarious and brilliant. Lucky
  • Fresh and lively… Smart and wonderfully entertaining… The power and canniness of this bittersweet work of epistolary fiction pulls you along… [T]his portrait of a divorce makes for serious, yet charming, entertainment… A dramatic intertwining of the law and human feelings. Alan Cheuse, NPR
  • The Divorce Papers has more snap and freshness than a just-picked stalk of celery… The Divorce Papers is built around an undeniably clever conceit. But it’s the humor and charm with which Rieger have imbued her novel that make her debut such a memorable read. Yvonne Zipp, Christian Science Monitor
  • In her clever modern twist on the epistolary form, Rieger excavates the humor and humanity from a most bitter uncoupling. Editor's Choice, New York Times Book Review

    “Brims with brio and wit… A-
  • This comedy of manners... unfolds through e-mails, legal briefs, handwritten notes, and interoffice memos... the texts offer a provocative glimpse of how intimately our documents reveal us. New Yorker
  • Rieger writes with such facility and humor in so many voices… [A]n excellent yarn about the nature of love, insecurity and commitment. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • A witty first novel… The engaging tale…provid[es] all the voyeuristic pleasure of snooping through someone else’s inbox.” (Three out of four stars) —People
  • “A modern epistolary novel of love, lawyers and email, The Divorce Papers is sharp, clever, funny and unexpectedly tender.”

    Cathleen Schine, New York Times bestselling author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport

  • Ingenious setup and voyeuristic pleasures...Rieger excavates the humor and humanity from a most bitter uncoupling. Emily Giffin, New York Times Book Review
  • “A modern epistolary novel of love, lawyers and email, The Divorce Papers is sharp, clever, funny and unexpectedly tender. Cathleen Schine, author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport
  • 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
  • Exceedingly entertaining. RealSimple.com
  • 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
  • A sharp take on the dissolution of a high-profile marriage...hilarious. EW.com
  • Clever and funny... Lovers of the epistolary style will find much to appreciate. Rieger’s tone, textured structure, and lively voice make this debut a winner. Publishers Weekly (starred)
  • Rieger brilliantly blends the serious and the comic… The verdict: if you like your fiction smart and witty, The Divorce Papers is a winner. Shelf Awareness (starred)
  • A brutally comic chronicle of high-end divorce... Extremely clever. Kirkus (starred)
  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles

  • “Clever and funny…Lovers of the epistolary style will find much to appreciate. Rieger’s tone, textured structure, and lively voice make this debut a winner.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A brutally comic chronicle of high-end divorce…Extremely clever.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • 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

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, March 2014 
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A March 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author

Susan Rieger is a graduate of Columbia University Law School and a former Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband. The Divorce Papers is her debut novel.

About the Narrators

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.