Reading Pretty: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

The Divorce Papers

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger was a fun and enjoyable read. I will say this is a good book to add to your summer reading list. The book is obviously about a couple going through a divorce, but to me it shows what happens when we don’t communicate with the people we love in our lives. Technology brings us together and separates us at the same time.

I love technology and all that it brings. I’m all Apple. At times I want to throw my phone across the room because the art of conversation seems to be a dying breed. I still crave human interaction via a phone or in person. I love hearing my nieces and nephews voices on a call. It’s nice to get a text from them, but I don’t want to live all my words on a tiny screen. My mother is a big text-er. At times it is great, but a lot of times I just want to hear her voice.  Her voice is so grounding and soothing even when she’s asking me something about her iPhone. She loves it as much as I love mine. I’m learning to embrace my inner geek as I long for more substantial connections.

Words mean things. And sometimes they are better left offline. Do you miss real phone or in person conversations? Let me know in the comments.

This post was inspired by the novel The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. Young lawyer Sophie unwillingly takes her first divorce case with an entertaining and volatile client in this novel told mostly through letters and legal missives. Join From Left to Write on March 18 we discuss The Divorce Papers. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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Comments

  1. Eva says:

    I do miss offline communication! When my husband and I were dating, we used to talk during the day over instant messenger, and it always ended up in some sort of argument – you can’t replace sitting down and talking with someone, their facial expressions and tone are all part of the conversation, not just the words.

  2. Alicia S says:

    I am on the phone all day! I’m in insurance and I speak all day long to truckdrivers who are on the road and they are lonely and bored and love when they get an actual person on the phone so they have someone to chat with! By the time I am home or on the weekends or during my lunch hour I really don’t want to have a conversation with anyone. I just want to read, blogs, books, magazines and let my voice take a rest.

  3. I definitely miss the human connection some days. Even though it’s nice to have emails and texts as a record of my exchanges with friends, nothing beats curling up on the couch with a glass of wine and dishing in a conversation that’s unpreserved, unrecorded and only savored by the people sharing in the moment.

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