The Divorce Papers, by Susan Rieger
Reviewer: Emily Dupill; age 34; furniture-store owner; Peru, Maine.
Emily’s assessment: Thanks to a surprising structure (the story is told through e-mails, memos, and letters, not a first- or third-person narration) and a super-likeable protagonist (a criminal lawyer named Sophie), Reiger’s debut novel is exceedingly entertaining. It also deftly addresses some heavy emotions: As Sophie represents a client in a high-stakes divorce case, she confronts old wounds left over from her parents’ split, and she must decide whether she can let go of grudges that have burdened her for years.
To buy: $25, amazon.com.