Discovery, divorces and fiction about the filthy rich

The Divorce Papers, by Susan Rieger (Crown). In this comedy of manners, Sophie Diehl, a criminal-law associate, is pressured to take on a divorce case after she unwittingly impresses the wealthy and influential Maria Durkheim, whose sixteen-year-marriage is ending. Diehl not only learns to navigate the ecosystem of a high-society divorce but also reassesses her own divorced parents and her ideas about love and loyalty. The novel unfolds through e-mails, legal briefs, handwritten notes, and interoffice memos, along with a child-evaluation form and custody recommendations submitted by a therapist. Though all the correspondents are on the articulate side, the texts offer a provocative glimpse of how intimately our documents reveal us.

Briefly Noted, The New Yorker, June 30, 2014.

Obviously, I must read this.

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